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Fairfield teacher invents security device for schools

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When parents send their kids to school, their biggest concerns are that they get a good education and that they're safe.

A Fairfield Math teacher was inspired to add an extra layer of security to classrooms at his school. His idea could end up in classrooms across the country.  It's called the "Security Door Block." It's a pretty simple idea, but one that surprisingly hadn't been thought of yet.

"It just slides right over a door handle, just like that," explains Darin Holsopple as he demonstrates how the device works. His invention keeps an intruder from turning the door handle when the school is on lock down. "If someone were to try and break the window and reach in and try to open it, they could not do it. Or if they tried to take it off, they couldn't do it," Holsopple explains.

The 7th grade math teacher at Fairfield Jr-Sr. High in Goshen says he was inspired to create the Security Door Block after the Sandy Hook shootings, noticing the windows in classroom doors posed a potential security threat.  "I knew that all my ideas were pretty bad so I literally pulled up a chair in front of the door and started praying and five minutes later, had the idea, had the design in my mind," says Holsopple.

The administration at the school is on board with Holsopple's device. "He showed us what it would do and it was fantastic that he came up with it on his own. It works, and we were looking for something anyway," says Assistant Principal, Chuck Pavey.

The Security Door Block is in every classroom at the school and an elementary school in the district. Holsopple's invention is patent-pending and he's worked out a licensing agreement with a security training institute to manufacture and distribute it.

 "As a father I'm very excited because I believe with all my heart that this is the best device that can be in a school," says Holsopple.
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