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Minn. School Gets Ballistic White Boards

April 24, 2013  | 

A Minnesota school district where two students were killed in a 2003 shooting unveiled a new device Tuesday aimed at adding a last-ditch layer of safety for teachers and students: ballistic whiteboards.

The Rocori School District has acquired nearly 200 of the whiteboards, made of a material touted by its manufacturer as stronger than that in police-issue ballistic vests. The 18-by-20-inch whiteboards can be used by teachers for instruction and used as a shield in an emergency.

Police Chief Phil Jones demonstrated the whiteboards Tuesday in a school gym by leveling a karate kick at one, whacking it with a police baton and stabbing it with a knife—all with no apparent effect.

Read the full story Star Tribune story here.


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Boston @ 4/25/2013 4:42 PM

Stupid idea! Who was watching late night commercial on television? Forget the last-ditch layer of protection. Do it right with CCTV, bullet proof glass, better doors, one-entry only during school days, a patrolman full time and that not enough one K-9 called Bullet. White boards i'm still laughing! Get real folks do it right or don't do it at all.

David Simes @ 4/25/2013 4:44 PM

Horribly expensive and by all logic idiotic. Especially since the idiot administrators have publicized the boards. A far more useful concept, which Israel has implemented for decades, would be to issue carry permits to selected, volunteer, well-trained teachers. Armed civilians in Israel, including teachers, have been instrumental in cutting short numerous terrorist attacks in cities and other civilian areas. If you are a tourist in Israel and see a school group on a field trip, there are always some teachers and helpers armed (some of them carry openly). There are undoubtedly others who are carrying concealed.

stan @ 4/25/2013 9:18 PM

A shield against what, exactly? Shouldn't a ballistics shield be tested/demo'ed by, say, uhm, shooting it? Just saying.

What training is involved? Is it placed against the door or window (front toward enemy)? Is it screwed to the wall and students with multi-tools take it off the wall in times of emergency?

How do I by stock in this company? It ought to do well as a feel good solution. Then any money I make from the stock can be donated for real problem fixers.

Lt Dan @ 4/30/2013 5:58 AM

Good idea. Any tool that protects is a good tool. A determined teacher with a ballistic white board, courage, and a fire extinguisher could be a very effective deterrent. It is better sometimes to do the wrong thing aggressively than to sit and pray for help.

Lt Dan @ 4/30/2013 5:59 AM

Good idea. Any tool that protects is a good tool. A determined teacher with a ballistic white board, courage, and a fire extinguisher could be a very effective deterrent. It is better sometimes to do the wrong thing aggressively than to sit and pray for help.

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