One Company’s Solution to School Shootings (Thankfully, It’s Not Arming Teachers)

Written by Aviva Shen

In the absence of Congressional action to curb now-regular shootings all over the nation, private companies are coming up with their own lucrative solutions. One manufacturer of lightweight armored cars for public figures is now marketing bulletproof whiteboards that can be used as barriers if a school is under attack.

The International Arming Corporation’s “Safeboard” starts at $1,850 and can either slide and lock over a door or fold away from the wall to create a shield for up to 37 seven-year-olds, according to Fast Company.

Schools are struggling with the question of how to protect students after the massacre that killed 20 children and six staff members in an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., last year. Some are arming teachers and holding “shooting drills“ to prepare students and staff. Meanwhile, tactical gear companies are enjoying a surge in sales by terrified parents who are stocking up on armored backpacks and child-sized ballistic safety vests.

IAC is framing Safeboard as a less dangerous and more cost-effective alternative to putting more guns in schools. Safeboard, the website says, “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.”

It’s understandable that schools and parents feel they must take their children’s safety into their own hands, as virtually anyone in the U.S. can get their hands on a gun without raising red flags — a status quo that remains intact after legislation to expand background checks failed in April. Still, militarizing schools may not do much to stop mass shootings, which usually wreak havoc in just a couple minutes and leave little time for an organized response.

This post was originally published in ThinkProgress

Photo Credit: SafeBoard

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Karen Chestney

It's better than nothing.........Thanks.

Robert Hardy
Robert Hardy2 years ago


Del Rykert
Del Rykert2 years ago

I agree with Stephen's thinking.. being passive and hoping for the best is never a good result in these kind of situations. Grabbing a whiteboard is only going to cover a door inside a class room. How does that help the kids in the gym or at an assembly or in the library... Shows how poorly thought out these hairbrained ideas desperate people are willing to go when they refuse to address the problem head on.

Stephen Brian
Stephen Brian2 years ago

I'm glad to see this innovation, but I don't know how much good it will do. In school-shootings, how often do shooters go from classroom to classroom? I understood that most of those shot are in more public areas that could not be blocked off with a whiteboard. Also, ultimately, a thinking human s likely to find a solution to any static problem. While these may help save lives until people find a way around it, and perhaps some more even once that workaround is found, the only way to consistently and indefinitely defeat human threats in nearly any context is with an active response.

Connie O.
Connie O.2 years ago

That sounds like a good idea

Chris C.
Chris C.2 years ago

Great idea! Next step - 2014 - a Democratic House and Senate and some gun laws put into place!

Ros G.

Thanks for your comment Catriona M..not sure how strict your gun laws are in Greece..or if you have a gun culture.

In Australia we have had 2 US type gun massacres one in the 1980's and the other in the 1990's overnight our gun laws changed the Government did a buyback of all unwanted guns and tightened laws around carrying and storage.....we have not had another incident on that scale since..currently we do have regular shootings but they mostly gang members killing rival gang innocent by-stander has been shoot.

Sheyla V.
Sheyla V.2 years ago

That's an interesting idea, but scary that people were compelled to create them in the first place. It's an unfortunate reality.

Marianne B.
MARIA B.2 years ago

good idea..are they donated? or does the school districts have to pay?

Elizabeth F.
Elizabeth F.2 years ago