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Atlanta-area teacher creates a classroom safety device

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Celisa Edwards is a seventh-grade teacher at Dacula Middle School in Gwinnett County. She loves teaching children, but she also wants to keep them safe.

"We don't want an intruder to come on any campus," Edwards said. "We want our children to be safe."

The school shooting at Sandy Hook in 2012 really bothered her. She felt she had to do something to try and keep children in a classroom safe if that ever happened again.

"I tossed and turned night after night," Edwards said. "Then it just came to my mind, just make it so they can't get in."

That's why she created a device that could secure a classroom door.

"This is the portable affordable lockdown system," she said.

The portable affordable lockdown system, or PALS for short, is a steel rope encased in plastic. It can loop over a door handle and latch to an eye bolt in the wall, securing a door.

Edwards says in a matter of seconds a teacher could secure a classroom door from an intruder trying to get in.

"You can't get in even if you push on the door or break the (door) window," Edwards said.

Edwards says a patent is pending.

On average, the device runs just under $70. She says that is less than one days lunch for each student in an average classroom. Edwards says there is no price you can put on keeping children safe and an intruder out of a classroom. 

"If he can't get in he moves to the next one," Edwards said. "We are buying time for administration and our officers to get here to stop this intruder. That's why it' so important."

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