Apr 23, 2013 at 1:17 pm
COLD SPRING, Minn. (KNSI) - The classrooms of Cold Spring are going to be safer in a short amount of time, thanks to nearly 200 bullet-proof whiteboards.
The Cold Spring Police Department and Maryland-based whiteboard manufacturer Hardwire showcased the ballistic shields on Tuesday at a news conference in the ROCORI school gymnasium.
The plan, Cold Spring Police Chief Phil Jones says, is to place a whiteboard in each ROCORI school classroom in a place where it can both be used for daily classroom purposes, and also be accessible in the event of an armed classroom invasion.
Jones says he's never seen anything like it. He spent time several weeks ago firing multiple kinds of weapons at the quarter-inch thick shield, and was unable to break through - even with a powerful .44 Magnum handgun.
During the conference, Jones and a high school police liaison demonstrated the board's strength with batons and thrown punches.
"There are many kinds of threats present in a school," Jones explained."This is another, and very effective, layer of protection."
Jones says he and his staff will assist in training all permanent and substitute staff on the shields as early as this spring.
The Rocori School District — which suffered a deadly shooting at the High School in 2003 - is the first school district in Minnesota to use the shields.
Jones says the idea is for the whiteboard shield to remain a whiteboard indefinitely.
"It's not imposing," he says. "And we hope that, for every single school, it will always be just a place for writing."
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