"Armored Whiteboard Stops Bullets": Even 44 Magnum - Really Interesting New Product:
A real neat invention, especially for teachers, and I guess students too, if a shooter gets inside a school:
Take a look: ("whiteboards" are those shiny white boards you can write on with non-permanent marker. Often used in classrooms by the teacher)
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Doors - Progammed to Shut Automatically
Did you ever see or hear of electronic doors that close in a security emergency to seal exits to keep intruders already in from fleeing? You mostly see them in films but they are actually used in some buildings. They also use them for fire control in some modern buildings at certain points to seal off a fire. We had them at a steel plant I used to work at in the Control Room of a massive steel pouring unit. A fire here damaging measuring systems could lead to a catastrophic explosion of the whole facility with molten steel flying over wide area. Room was rigged with something called Cardox, I think the name. If a fire, alarm would sound, employees would run out of room and it be monitored by closed circuit TV. Once all out, doors would auto-swing shut and huge amounts of CO2 would flood the room, quickly extinguishing fire. God help you if you were still in that room.
Doors made of the material shown, that would auto-swing shut and lock by electronically upon evidence of break in by shooter - would completely deny entrance to a killer, no matter how many times he shot up the door. That's what you want, keep him from all potential victims until police can take him out. Seems it would be more universally effective than individual shields. And a control switch to open the door could be put in the room if needed by the teacher for any reason.
It would be expensive but how much is a child's life worth? or teachers' who - as we saw in Sandy Hook - sacrifice their lives to save their children-students? Probably it's 1/100th of what we waste in this country yearly. I'd rather my taxes saved the lives of kids and teachers then hire 5 million more gov. bureaucrats yearly to screw everything up.