Technology and terror at Gunning School

| March 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s a bitter irony that a school in the state of Delaware in the US that recently outfitted all staff members with handheld whiteboards that double up as bulletproof shields bears the name Gunning.

The boards are made of material similar to the armour in bulletproof vests, but are light and portable. They are capable, says manufacturing company Hardwire, of stopping shots from handguns and rifles in the event of a school shooting.

Teachers at Gunning Bedford Middle School have been trained to place themselves in front of students, to arm themselves with the boards and to use the devices to disarm attackers or to force them to stop and reload, allowing students to evacuate the area.

State senator Nicole Poore, responsible for the issue of the board shields, says she hopes they’ll be in place in all Delaware schools before the end of 2015.

Poore said. “If the bulletproof whiteboards save precious minutes for first responders, they will be a priceless addition to schools in our state,” Poore said.

Category: Autumn 2015

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