We apparently live in a society where school shootings are so common that we feel the need to employ bulletproof whiteboards, clipboards and backpacks. How about we go for gun control instead? Or do need children need to go to school in full body armour before we see that things need to change.
Stuff like this makes me sad and angry.. *sigh*
One college has decided to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to protecting its students against school shootings.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) recently announced that it would purchase 200 bulletproof whiteboards from armor manufacturer Hardwire LLC. The 18-inch by 20-inch portable drawing boards, which also come in blue, green and pink, are able to absorb “multiple magazines of ammunition from any handgun or shotgun without ricochet or injury,” and retail for $299 each.
According to Hardwire owner George Tunis, the point of the boards is to provide teachers a way to protect students in the event of a school shooting. As of last year, 297 people have been killed in school shootings since 1980; an average of roughly 9 murders each year.
While rare, a recent spate of mass killings at educational institutions has drawn national attention to the issue of school…
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