The Boot would lock down classroom in ‘a second’

The Boot, a product designed to lock down classrooms in the event of an emergency. (Feb. 5, 2014)
The Boot, a product designed to lock down classrooms in the event of an emergency. (Feb. 5, 2014)

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A product being exhibited at a meeting of Michigan’s top cops could help keep kids safe in the event of a school shooting.

The Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police’s annual Winter Conference runs Wednesday through Friday at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel in downtown Grand Rapids. The conference features all kinds of tools and techniques.

One deals with school safety.

It’s a concern of law enforcement and it’s a concern of just about anyone who sends their kids to school each day: How do you keep someone who wants to do harm out of a classroom?

Lansing-area entrepreneur Rob Couturier has a solution in the form of a two-pronged metal plate that slips into a collar and pins to the floor. He calls it The Boot.

“All the teacher has to do if the door’s open, just shut the door, drop the boot and it makes the room literally impossible to get through,” said Couturier, a who came up with the idea after the shooting at an Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn. that left 26 people dead.

He began looking at school security — especially the critical moments between the time an incident begins and police can arrive.

Couturier’s The Lock Down Company is marketing the boot to schools across the state as a quick, simple way to keep someone out of a classroom.

“They don’t even have to wait for a lockdown call. If there’s trouble right there in there hallway, they’re able to put their kinds in that room and lock that down in less than a second,” Couturier said.

The Boot has been endorsed by law enforcement groups, including the Michigan Sheriff’s Association.



The Lock Down Company

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