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If an active shooter enters a school, a simple device could save a life.

It’s called the JustinKase. It looks into a door frame to keep a potential shooter out.
Justin Rivard invented it in shop class. He’s a senior at Somerset High School near the Minnesota border.

“My shop teacher had said, if you see the problem, take your skills and try to figure out what you can do to help the problem,” Rivard said.   The problem that Rivard saw is school safety. His solution is his unique door jam made of steel. It takes just seconds to put in and could prevent his classmates from being harmed.

“I think i really did it just because looking at the room, seeing all my friends, and just wanting to help them out and keep them safe so they can graduate and have a life everybody should have,” Rivard said.
Rivard said the recent Florida school shooting was a shock, and the stories of survivors were difficult to hear.  “That’s a big emotional part in this because they’re a student just like me,” Rivard said.

Rivard’s push to try to prevent future shootings is gaining momentum. School’s are taking notice. He’s sold more than 150 of his inventions. Now, he’s getting help from a local group.
“Don’t mess with the grandparents, I’m going to tell you that,” Beverly Doucette said. Doucette and her group, Granparents for Action, met with Rivard on Friday.
“It makes you sick, it heightens your fear,” Doucette said. “The worst part is, it’s all talk.” Doucette said that the JustinKase could make a difference.
“There wasn’t anything practical that was going to help reduce the incident of my grandson’s being shot or injured by an intruder,” Doucette said.

The goal, to protect students at home and across the country.
“Hopefully every school will know the why behind it and know that it’s there to save lives,” Rivard said.


PESHTIGO, Wis. (WBAY) – A Wisconsin high schooler was on national TV recently talking about how he used his shop class to make JustinKase— his name for a metal device that takes six seconds to jam a door and stop potential intruders.

This caught the attention of a Peshtigo grandma.

“I grabbed my remote and quick recorded this news clip, and then later I sat down and I looked it over critiqued it. And as would be normal for me I went to the phone and I called,” said Bev Doucette.

Doucette called the maker of JustinKase, who came to Peshtigo.

She called other grandparents in the Peshtigo School District to get them on board and form a group: “Grandparents for Action.”

Doucette found out it would take more than $10,000 to buy a JustinKase lock for every single door in the district: elementary and middle/high school.

Grandparents started fundraising, and Doucette made a forceful plea to the board of education to approve their installation. “I don’t know if we forced their hand,” she said, looking at her friend and fellow grandma Kathy Crabtree, who responded, “yes, we did.”

“Well, yeah. We forced their hand,” confirmed Doucette with a nod.

“We took the bull by the horn, we realized what it was and we just didn’t say, ‘Do it. Legislation, you do it. Walker, you do it.’ What we’re doing doesn’t need legislation; it needs grandparents,” said Doucette.

“Otherwise what happens? It goes in a circle: there’s a school shooting, let’s pray for them, let’s march for them, let’s think about them, let’s do this,” said Crabtree.

“Why would we wait? We’re not going to. This is where we believe it has to start. It has to start. The door jams, we’ve been meeting with the school, talking with them. We got the money. We put it together. No expense at our school. But we’re not waiting and why, because we don’t have to wait,” said Doucette.

Each classroom will be able to decorate their JustinKase lock— after which will arrive in Peshtigo sometime next month. Each costs $100. Some donors have been donating $100 and dedicating it to a specific student, class member or teacher.

“Grandparents for Action” of Peshtigo is accepting donations for the purchase of safety devices for Peshtigo schools. Donations can be made at N.E.W. Credit Union, 780 Frontage Road in Peshtigo.





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Justin Rivard saw a need during an ALICE Training session at Somerset High School last year.

Justin Rivard

He saw that intruders were able to push their way through in-swinging doors during the training on how emergencies are to be handled. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate, which is done for active shooter response training in schools.

Rivard was taking a metals class and had finished a fire pit in the first three weeks of the class, so he was looking for another project. Little did he know, it would lead to a patented invention that he’s hoping to develop into a business.

Rivard titled his invention “JustinKase.” It was a $100 present from his grandmother that sparked Rivard to seek the patent. He’d been in contact with a patent search company, but they normally charged $400 to do a search. That week he received an offer that they were doing searches for $200. With $100 in hand, he asked his parents if it could be done. They agreed, and the application was made.

Rivard waited several weeks. Then one day last spring, after track practice, the call came in.

“They said everything’s a go, you got a green light, you can get the patent,” Rivard said.

Rivard credited Somerset High School principal Shannon Donnelly for being quite enthusiastic in encouraging him to pursue the idea.

After receiving the patent, Rivard contacted BPS, a steel fabrication business in East Farmington. BPS said it could cut the steel plates Rivard wanted for the base of the door jamb system.

Even before the patent process was begun, Rivard spent hours studying doors and security systems to see what was needed to offer protection against anyone breaking through a locked door. He looked at doors in numerous schools and hospitals.

Once the wheels were in motion to make his creation, Rivard went looking for customers. He didn’t have to look any further than his own high school. Donnelly encouraged him to make a presentation before the Somerset Board of Education.

“It spoke for itself,” he said of his creation. “Everyone liked it. They agreed that the school needed to buy them,” Rivard said.

So the order was put in for 59 of the door jamb system for all of the in-swinging doors at the high school. Rivard spent his summer doing the welding that connects the locking system into the metal plate base. With the school paying half of the cost up front, it gave Rivard the working capital to cover the costs of all the materials and outside work.

“For doing this the first time, I’m pretty proud of how they look and how well they work,” Rivard said.

Rivard is quickly understanding how the business world works. He understands that to get orders from other schools and businesses, his first customers have to be satisfied with the product.

“My reputation is going to be the best I can make it,” he said. “When you have something that can potentially save lives, if you don’t have trust, you don’t have anything.”

Rivard’s door jamb system is adjustable, with the ability to fit any door from 25-to-40 inches in width. He said he is researching ways to create a system for an out-swinging door.

Rivard delivered the 59 door jamb systems for the high school recently and has just received an order for 50 more for Somerset Middle School. Anyone interested in having Rivard demonstrate his invention can contact Somerset High School.

Rivard said he wasn’t the best student in school because he sometimes had trouble seeing uses for what was being taught. He said creating inventions has given him a newly found focus.

“It gives me a huge sense of purpose,” he said, hoping he can find many more schools, daycares, hospitals and other businesses that could use the JustinKase. And while that is happening, he’s got a notebook he’s filling with ideas for possible new inventions in the future.