At least two companies are now manufacturing bulletproof whiteboards for schools.
“Hardwire LLC starting out making military armor, then adapted it for the classroom. . . . the University of Maryland Eastern Shore announced plans Thursday to spend $60,000 on the Clark Kent of teacher supplies: an innocuous-looking white board that can stop bullets. . . . UMES is the first university to adopt Hardwire’s technology, though the company said it has sold its bulletproof whiteboards, which cost $299 apiece, to roughly 100 lower-grade schools in five states, including Maryland. It also makes bulletproof door shields, clipboards and inserts for children’s backpacks, all of which it sells online. . . The high-tech tablet — which hangs on a hook, measures 18 by 20 inches and comes in pink, blue and green — can be used as a personal shield for professors under attack, according to the company that makes it, and a portable writing pad in quieter times.” (1)
Much larger protection comes in the form of sliding doors.
“International Armoring Corporation, headquartered in Centerville (UT), has already found a profitable niche in a violent world; they’ve armored 8,000 cars for officials, celebrities and business people around the globe. . . . In seconds the teacher can walk from her desk to the classroom door and slide shut a bullet-proof panel. It completely covers the doorway and, as it closes, it automatically locks and sends out an alarm. . . Since any school administrator who orders one would hope it’s never used, the bulletproof panel can be made to look like a blackboard, a whiteboard or simply a bare wall. . . ,. The sliding panel is going on the market with a price tag of $1,800. For schools willing to spend $5,800, there’s another approach, a partition of armor that can be moved into place to shield students even if a gunman enters the classroom. . . . The concealed partition protects against: an AK-47, an AR-15, a .223, all high-powered handguns.” (2)
(1) – Baltimore Sun article
(2) – KSL TV coverage
(3) – Mercury News