MD University Buys 200 Bulletproof Whiteboards to Protect Faculty


Calling campus violence a reality to prepare for, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore will spend $60,000 on what the Los Angeles Times calls the Clark Kent of teacher supplies: an innocuous-looking whiteboard that can stop bullets. The high-tech tablet – which hangs on a hook, measures 18 by 20 inches and comes in pink, blue, and green – can be used as a personal shield for professors under attack and as a portable writing pad in quieter times. “It needs to be a great whiteboard and a useful tool so that it doesn’t get hidden in the closet,” said maker George Tunis. His company Hardwire LLC adapted military armor for the classroom after the Newtown, CT., school shootings last year. “There are several vendors that have this type of personalized armor,” said S. Daniel Carter, a campus safety advocate. “It’s not something that is in much great use.” The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is the first university to adopt Hardwire’s technology; the company has sold bulletproof whiteboards, which cost $299 apiece, to 100 schools in five states. University President Juliette Bell said she decided to order 200 whiteboards so the school could be “proactive rather than reactive” in a violent situation.

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