New Orleans mother has created a car magnet that reads, “Don’t carjack me. Kids inside.”

Gabriella Barnetzer, a mother of four, made the magnets initially for herself and a few friends in response to the city’s recent surge in carjackings, and reported.

“It takes a long time to get them in and out of car seats,” Barnetzer told “With a gun to your head, I can’t imagine having to go through something like that.”

“It’s either make a magnet or stay silent,” she added in the report. “I just felt like I had to do something. If even one kid has has to stop and say, this is not what I want to do.”

More parents started requesting the magnets after she showed them off on Instagram, and she now plans to sell them for $10 apiece.

“I just think it’s something people feel personal about and can’t imagine or know what they would do,” Barnetzer told

Proceeds from sales will go toward extracurricular program in low-income areas.

“The solution — I don’t think it’s just simply putting kids in jail or arresting them,” Barnetzer told “If that happens, there’s just going to be another group right behind them. I think it goes a lot deeper, and we need to talk about it.”

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