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Michigan man invents new way to protect children from danger

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MIDLAND COUNTY (WJRT) -

(03/19/14) - It's a new way to protect children from danger, especially while at school.

A Michigan man has come up with a device called "the Boot". He was in Midland County, Wednesday, to show it off.

The idea is simple - a steel boot on the door. You simply drop it to lock it. Rob Coutuier says it takes almost no time to install.

Couturier says he decided to market the device following the Sandy Hook shootings in Connecticut.

It was invented for a more personal reason. His daughter Brennan was brutally attacked in their Williamston small town when she was 18 years old.

"My daughter called me after that Sandy Hook thing and said, 'You know, that little metal thing that you invented, if Sandy Hook would have had that in their school, those teachers wouldn't have to worry about having their doors locked. They could have just dropped the boot in and it would have saved every one of the children's lives," Couturier said.

The device has been tested with several different law enforcement agencies.

Coutuier says it can withstand 16,000 pounds of pressure.

"The most important thing is the quick and easy installation and getting it to lock the door. Teachers no longer have to worry about running and going out into the hallway to lock their door to be able to shut it, they can just simply close the door and lock it and it's less than a second and it makes the door in that classroom a safe classroom, literally you cannot get through," he said.

Coutuier says, so far, some schools in Michigan already use the product. He also wants it in schools across the country. It can also be used at home or at a office.

His daughter has donated them to the Shelter House in Midland and Gladwin counties, a place for women dealing with domestic violence and sexual assault.

"For years, we've heard from women that they come here after having endured some horrific trauma that they feel safe for the first time in a very longtime. I believe that now that we have the boot in place, they will be empowered to take that security and maybe make that step themselves. To be able to drop that boot into place and know that they have a greater sense of security," said Jeanine Ouderkirk, of the Shelter House.

Each boot cost about  $230 to be installed.

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