A video showing a man demonstrating how to quickly block a classroom door with a chair in an active shooter situation went viral this week, sparking debate about school safety in the wake of the Uvalde massacre.
Robb Beaux tweeted the 45-second “Life Hack” video Sunday a man in a reflective work vest gave a demonstration with a plastic and metal school chair.
In the recording, the man voice-over instructs his audience to place a tennis ball, “some glitter or googly eyes,” on the back left leg of the chair so everyone knows it’s the leg needed to block the door.
The instructor then picks up the chair, wedges the back left leg into the door handle, and rotates the chair backwards so it hangs.
“And this thing is solid,” the man in the vest says of his makeshift barrier. “It’s not going anywhere and that got me down, huh? two seconds if that’s the case?”
The instructor removes the chair, then again demonstrates the door blocking technique, assuring his audience that the door cannot be opened from the outside.
“It’s a pretty good trick,” he says, as someone tries – and fails – to open the door as part of the demonstration.
As of Tuesday morning, the video has been viewed more than 1.8 million times.
“It sucks that I even have to share this. But just in case,” Beaux wrote in a tweet accompanying the clip.
The video was shared just days after an 18-year-old gunman stormed into Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, barricaded himself in a classroom and shot dead 19 students and two teachers while more than a dozen police officers were outside in the School hallway waited for a janitor to unlock the door.
Some commenters expressed skepticism that the chair trick would work, with user RXRDBOY tweeting, “So you’re telling me a 100-round AR15 can’t shoot the button?”
“We want to gain time with this,” Robb Beaux replied to his critics. “In an active shooting situation, seconds count. Hopefully next time (because there will be a next time) the police will not be full of cowards like the Uvalde police.”
Others also signed up for the video.
“What’s your plan?” demanded a user named Knickers of a skeptic. “Given this or nothing, do you choose nothing? It could work. It could. Maybe not. Doing nothing will NOT work. So you will be shot for sure. Not maybe. Certainly. The classroom will be shot, maybe not.”
The Uvalde slaughter has reignited a national debate pitting gun control against Second Amendment rights.
Republican politicians and pro-gun activists have called for armed guards and increased security on school grounds, with Texas Sen. Ted Cruz proposing “hardening” schools by leaving only one door open and putting police officers in front of that door.
Meanwhile, Democrats, led by President Joe Biden, have called for tougher gun control laws after a decade of failed legislative efforts to curb mass shootings across the US
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“This is America [sic] Problem,” wrote Twitter user James Reynolds. “Britain has its problems with stuff, but we absolutely don’t have that problem and neither does most of the world…”
Another commenter weighed in: “We’re not [sic] crazy for extra protection in the schools. was [sic] mad that that’s the ONLY thing certain politicians talk about. Putting armed guards and bulletproof glass in classrooms and arming teachers is not the solution.”
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