The world has come to this. An armor manufacturer in Maryland has created a bulletproof whiteboard designed to protect teachers and students in the event of an emergency.
Hardwire specializes in military and law enforcement armor ranging from ballistic armor panels to bulletproof shields. It's now turning its expertise in military armor towards creating armor for the classroom.
The Bulletproof Whiteboard comes with two handles on the back. If there is a threat, the teacher is supposed to take the whiteboard and hold it out. It is designed to absorb multiple clips of ammunition. The product description also says, "Blends well with classroom - no psychological impact on students."
The whiteboard is available in two sizes. The large board is 18x20 inches and costs $299. It can shield a person's head and torso. A smaller clipboard version runs $109.
According to an article in USA Today, the recent school shooting in Newtown, Conn., inspired the production of the whiteboards. Hardwire also makes a bulletproof insert parents can slide into their kids' backpacks.
It's a unfortunate world we live in if teachers need bulletproof whiteboards in their classrooms. Here's hoping these will never have to be tested in real life.