Maryland University Spends $60,000 on Bullet Proof White Boards
One Maryland University is taking unorthodox steps to protect students when they return to campus for classes this year.
The school has announced that they will purchase $60,000 worth of bullet proof white boards to be placed in classrooms.
According to a CNN report, the school cited the Newtown shootings as one of the catalysts for the purchase.
According to CNN,
The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore announced that it is purchasing 200 of the whiteboards from Hardwire LLC, a company based in Pocomoke City, Maryland, citing the need for a heightened sense of security in the wake of deadly mass shootings in recent years…
…UMES is the first U.S. institution of higher education to make such a significant investment in the whiteboards, committing nearly $60,000. They will be in classrooms when classes resume for the fall semester on August 26.
Many schools across the country are hiring additional armed security and/or armed school staff members. However, guns on college campuses, which tend to be much larger than K-12 schools, has been a harder nut to crack. Most universities oppose letting licensed carry permit holders carry guns on college campuses, even in states which have legalized the practice.
For now, Maryland students can take comfort in the fact that they can defend themselves with writing surfaces if the worst were to happen.