Ever since the Parkland shooting in Florida, it's no secret that parents and teachers are especially on edge when it comes to gun violence. But administrators at Healdton Public Schools in Oklahoma decided to take matters into their own hands by installing bulletproof shelters in seven elementary school classrooms and two larger shelters at the middle school.
KOKO News, an ABC affiliate, reported that the school district plans on putting them in the local high school next. "You think those things are never, ever gonna happen in your school, but, unfortunately, they do," explained Melissa Hudson, the president of the district's parent-teacher organization, in an interview. "Some are caused by weather [like tornadoes], and some are caused by man." She added that: "There will be security in knowing no matter what happens, it will be safe for me to pick them up on that evening."
Superintendent Terry Shaw gave the green light for their installation after seeing a video from Shelter-In-Place, the company that makes the structures. He explained that the shelters are, unfortunately, a sad reality his students have to deal with. "I volunteered [to go in one of the shelters]. I did not feel comfortable putting these in my buildings if I wasn't willing to do it myself. So I offered to go inside. It was very surreal, but I felt very comfortable. Very safe."
The bulletproof shelters can hold up to 35 students, including two teachers, and lock from the inside.
What would you think if these were installed in your child's classroom? Would you feel safer sending them to school?