How bulletproof whiteboards can protect classrooms

An armoring company enters the school market with its $1,850 'Safeboards' that can shield kids from bullets.

By Aimee Picchi Sep 16, 2013 2:26PM

International Armoring Corp. Safeboard (Courtesy of International Armoring Corp.)Seemingly random incidents involving mass shootings keep occurring in the U.S., as Monday's tragic news from the Washington Navy Yard in the nation's capital underscores. But at least there's a new approach to protecting school classrooms from such shootings, and it doesn't involve arming teachers or administrators. 

International Armoring Corp. thinks it has the solution to dealing with armed intruders: bulletproof whiteboards that can slide across classroom doors, deflecting the harm of handguns or automatic weapons, reports Bloomberg Businessweek. 

The idea came about after two school districts approached the company and asked for solutions that could provide functionality and protection. Voila, the "Safeboard," a whiteboard enhanced with armored protection.

"They didn’t want the classroom to look like a fortress,” chief executive Mark Burton told the publication. 

The districts begain talking with the company before the Newtown, Conn., massacre that left 26 children and adults dead when a gunman opened fire in the Sandy Hook Elementary School. With the start of the new school year in 2013, six districts have bought the new Safeboards, the piece noted.

The protection won't come cheap because the sliding whiteboards start at $1,850. Another version, which creates a corner partition that can shelter 37 kindergartners, costs about $5,800.

Still, the solution may appeal to parents and teachers who are uneasy at the idea of arming school staff. And there may be good reason for thinking twice about that idea. 

Witness the recent case of Jeremy Hutchinson, a Republican state senator in Arkansas who's pushing to arm teachers. 

In an "active shooter" training session, Hutchinson himself mistakenly shot a teacher (he was using a pistol with rubber bullets, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports.) That slip-up even gave Hutchinson "some pause," the paper noted.

Given the stakes, shelling out for an armored whiteboard may seem elementary to some districts.

Follow Aimee Picchi on Twitter at @aimeepicchi.

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Sep 16, 2013 11:33PM
Why not just make the doors bullet proof.

How about anybody that commits a school shooting be buried up to their neck in the town square by the police, and then the police leave the area overnight to return in the morning to recover what is left.
Sep 16, 2013 6:55PM
Somebody on the make for something that is of almost no use whatsoever. 
Sep 19, 2013 7:35AM
Why not put (high quality) locks on classroom doors?  These cowards are opportunists if nothing else.  I went to grad school at a university that suffered a random campus shooting, and they did not have doors that could be locked from the inside (one needed a key from the outside).  What a simple intervention.
Sep 17, 2013 12:05PM
Uhhh....It's not the whiteboard people want to shoot at. It's the people in the room!
Sep 19, 2013 10:32AM
Add your address to that list Joann and it's a deal!
Sep 19, 2013 8:38PM

"automatic weapons", Aimee? Do you have any idea what an "automatic weapon" is? Also, are you aware that YOUR "president" let funding lapse that might have saved those kids in Newtown? Are you, Aimee? I bet you aren't. You're just another "journalist" spewing out what your leftist pig State-run media masters tell you to puke out. Almost a billion dollars, Aimee. Money that was supposed to go toward police resources, sercurity equipment, and training in schools. Money and resources that those idiots like Feinstein and Pelosi are squealing about wanting to get almost two years LATER.


Stop being a brainless little sheep, Aimee. Wise up.

Sep 19, 2013 9:07AM
The more important question is:  Why are people feeling compelled to go to schools to open fire on them?   That basic question should be answered, too.  I would think.
Sep 19, 2013 5:34PM
Imagine that! A politician (natually) accidentally shot a teacher with a rubber bullet while demonstrating gun safety. If anybody should be banned from owning a gun it should be politicians. In fact they need to be banned with tampering with or constitution too. They are dangerous. Politicians through gun banning policies have turned Chicago into the murder capitol of America. Imagine that! Chicago with such strict gun laws that it's near impossible to even own a bb gun....the murder capital! Tell me how safe we will be with more gun control! Promise me an empty lie. "We Will all be safer with more stringent gun policies!" Isn't that what the liberal false promise is?
Sep 20, 2013 2:20AM

   There is absolutely nothing that will stop or prevent shootings in schools or anywhere else,

someone will find a way to breach any security measures, nothing is foolproof.

   Building a bigger mousetrap, will only catch a bigger mouse.

Sep 19, 2013 6:23PM
That is a very racist comment; we have to have a neutral color or the blacks will yell foul.
Sep 19, 2013 9:11AM
I think the address of the NRA should be given to every schizophrenic that has access to a gun.  It is their constitutional right.  Also, a current MapQuest map.   Also,  if they are really pissed off and angry, a suggestion that if they want to shoot something up, the NRA is a really good target because they LOVE guns and they have lots of guns, and they would love to protect their right to own guns.  The NRA is the perfect target.  Schools are NOT.
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