Aunt’s Advice After School Shooting: Always Carry A Doorstop In Your Backpack

A Connecticut woman’s chilling Facebook post about a doorstop has gone viral in the wake of the massacre at a South Florida high school.

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One day after a deranged 19-year-old allegedly massacred 17 at Parkland’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, Katie Cornelis of Southbury, Connecticut, took to the social media site to say that following the 2012 shooting at Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School that killed 26, she gave her nieces doorstops “to always keep in their backpacks” so that they could keep entryways open — or shut in the event of another school shooting.

“It truly pained me when I handed it to them, and I didn’t want to scare them, but it was out of love and they understood,” Cornelis wrote in the post along with a photo of a small brown doorstop.

Cornelis wrote that “in light of” the Feb. 14 shooting at the Parkland high school: “I wanted to share this with all parents…and ANYONE else for that matter…to get themselves [a doorstop] (I always carry mine in my purse).”

“Sure it’s small, but it can be powerful in keeping you safe if you ever have to barricade yourself in a room,” Cornelis wrote. “If a gunman shoots out the door lock it will still keep the door from opening and may just buy you some time.”

“I’m really sad posting this but a security expert shared this tip with me so I wanted to pass it on. I pray no one ever has to use it.”

Cornelis’ post had been shared on Facebook more than 1.3 million times as of Monday.

Many commenters hailed Cornelis for the “great advice.”

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