Bulletproof whiteboards meant to deter possible shooters
March 31, 2018 07:48 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It's a new line of security for students in an ever-changing world, but nothing that's meant to raise any eyebrows.
“We do not want people to know that these panels are anti-ballistic,” said Tina Siebenman, vice president of Executive Wood Products.
And from the looks of the new bulletproof whiteboards, you’d never be able to tell. The 4-by-6 panels from Executive Wood – a Missouri company – act as a bulletin board on one side, and, on the other, a whiteboard.
But on the inside is material that some deadly weapons aren't able to penetrate.
“They're made of a level of anti-ballistic material, which stops an AK-47," Siebenman said. "You can roll them up against a window, door, hallway or even stand behind them. If he (would-be shooters) doesn't know it's antiballistic, he's going to unload his round, his magazine and it's going to slow him down. It's going to buy us time.”
And when every second counts – as the country saw most recently in Parkland, Florida – buying time will give law enforcement crucial minutes to respond.
“If we could have panels in classrooms that slowed that shooter down, it would be remarkable and life-changing and lifesaving," Siebenman said.
Right now, the specialized whiteboards can be found only in New Mexico schools. Only a few of the anti-ballistic boards have been sold across the country. Each panel costs about $2,200, but company officials say funding is out there to help with the costs.
Updated: March 31, 2018 07:48 PM
Created: March 31, 2018 06:13 PM
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