What We Can Learn From UCLA…

Jun 2, 2016

The tragic shooting at UCLA on Wednesday is another event in a seemingly never-ending string of unfortunate school and public space shootings.

After 3 gunshots, the campus went into lockdown. Students were afraid… nervous… panicked. Some groups were forced to decide between escaping the area or trying to hide and secure a door.

Some students showed great ingenuity by using cords, furniture, or belts to secure doors that couldn’t lock from the inside. They could only hope their inventiveness would keep out a potential intruder.

SWAT teams arrived after the gunfire was reported, but there will always be delay in how quickly authorities are able to arrive.

Many of the school’s facilities use doors that are unable to be locked from the inside, and some experts recommend the costly endeavor of replacing door locks. According to CNN, this endeavor could cost between $200-$400 per door.

One office, right across the street from the engineering building where the shooting occurred, was prepared. Art Rocha, a UCLA employee in the Department of Neurobiology, purchased The Sleeve from Fighting Chance Solutions. Instead of taking the time to rig up a way to secure the door using belts or cords, Mr. Rocha could simply and quickly slip the device over the door closure and secure the door without the risk of going outside. The device was able to be deployed and protect everyone inside the office immediately and before SWAT teams arrived. The product is an innovative solution that is much less costly than replacing locks on the buildings doors.

Thankfully, the shooting was an isolated incident and a shooter did not attempt to continue towards Mr. Rocha’s building, but The Sleeve was able to prove its merit when another UCLA employee failed to enter the door from the outside. (His knowledge of the building allowed him to find another entrance.)

The efforts of the quick-thinking students and UCLA staff should be applauded, but when the university examines its lockdown protocol, innovations such as The Sleeve should be considered to ensure secure, fast, and cost-effective lockdowns.

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