14-Year-Old Student Invents Bullet-Proof Class-Room Wall to Protect from School Shooters
A 14-year-old female high-school student is making waves as her pitch for a bullet-proof classroom wall goes viral. Audrey Larson,14, came up with the idea after she says friends asked her to create a safer environment in schools after the recent shootings.
“It’s a foldable two-panel barrier that comes out of the wall for kids to hide behind in the event of a lockdown and, ultimately, in the event of a school shooting,” Larson told “GMA” about her invention called Safe K.I.D.S. The name stands for Kevlar-cellulose-nanocrystal-AR500-steel Instant Defense System.
Larson, who lives in Connecticut, submitted her idea to the Connecticut Invention Convention, a program for young students to build projects centered on innovation. Larson then moved on to the National Invention Convention and Entrepreneurship Expo (NICEE) in Michigan. There Larson competed against other young inventors from all over the country, winning more awards and placing second in her grade level. She is currently working on securing a patent.
One of the main materials Larson chose for the construction of the wall was Kevlar. Larson chose kevlar to help her wall withstand shots from guns, even an AR-15 rifle. The accused Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter in Parkland, Florida, allegedly used an AR-15 in the Valentine’s Day massacre where 17 students and teachers were killed.
For past competitions, Larson has created glow-in-the-dark pajamas and a device to pet your dog. But this year, after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, she felt compelled to focus on a more serious issue.