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A unique approach to school security: Bulletproof whiteboards?

A unique approach to school security: Bulletproof whiteboards?

Hardwire’s new bulletproof whiteboard is an instructional tool that doubles as a personal protection device.

What’s lighter than a typical whiteboard, will stop multiple rounds of ammunition, and is 2.5 times stronger than Kevlar? According to Hardwire LLC, a company specializing in ballistic protective solutions, it’s the company’s new education whiteboard.

The whiteboard, which is only a quarter of an inch thick, reportedly can stop multiple rounds from a .44 magnum and above without any ricochet. It also can be used to charge an assailant, or as a floatation device. Could it help boost school security?

“It’s handheld and lightweight, even lighter than most whiteboards,” said George Tunis, CEO and chairman of Hardwire. “The more armor we add [to the classroom], the safer we make it.”

Tunis said the whiteboard, inspired by the Sandy Hook tragedy, is an instructional tool that doubles as a “personal piece of protective equipment.” Leading the product’s development is John Skuletich, a former teacher and retired Secret Service agent, after 25 years in the field.

Watch the CNN video below, and then tell us what you think: Can this product help keep students and teachers safe?

 

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Comments:

  1. kevinsmith5

    January 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Does it come painted in red, white, and blue concentric rings?

  2. karminio

    January 24, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    I am absolutely appalled by this story. This stinks of a way for a company to capitalize on a tragedy. Shame, shame, shame.