A shield in a classroom is designed to protect everyone in that class. Shield placement is determined through a schools action plan, but should also be placed as close to students as possible. For a classroom, a shield on the teacher’s desk is the best immediate response should an attack occur. The teacher then has the ability to protect the entire class with mobile protection. Teachers also have detailed knowledge of the schools safety action plan. We have also seen teachers step up time and time again in these situations to protect their students from harm. Now they have a tool to preserve lives of their students and themselves. Shields on the door-facing first row of student desks is also recommended.
Possibly and possibly not. It most certainly makes it more difficult to enter and may act as a deterrent. But they also create long lines and delays to get into a school. And it may be easily defeated by a current student or insider. It also has substantial ongoing costs as a metal detector requires trained personnel to operate for the life of the machine. It also touches on the complexity of the issue and the multitude of possible solutions. What can be said for certain is; having a shield on a desk at the time of any type of attack gives us a very high probability of protecting and persevering life.
The mobility of a shield and its ability to adapt to countless scenarios sets it apart from other hardening efforts. It is not tied to one specific area, and can be quickly deployed wherever it is needed. Protective coverage is now extended throughout campus. The more common incidence of assault on campus can also be addressed with a mobile shield. This can include fist fights in the schoolyard, or threats from other weapons. It can also be quickly deployed to large gathering areas such as a library or cafeteria.
When compared to other options, shields have a comparable upfront cost but no ongoing operating costs into the future. They are more cost effective over time as they have a very long useful life with little reduction in capability. Each school will have different security needs and costs depending on its size and threat assessment. Our shields are typically 5 to 10 times less costly over time when compared to other options which require trained personnel throughout their useful life.
The biggest difference is in defensive capabilities. Our focus is on creating a shield with robust defensive capabilities designed to stop high powered rifles. To do this we are using specialty materials with a proven history and capability to stop even the most heavily armed attack. All our shields are certified to a minimum NIJ Level III rating, which includes stopping high powered rifles like AR-15's. We are not willing to compromise on this level of protection. Cheaper products may only meet NIJ Level IIIA standards which only defeat pistol rounds.
Yes. We have designed and tested the arm and handhold straps to allow for almost anyone to effective use and control the shield. We have also found that some weight in the shield is desired to help absorb the energy of an impact as well as increase its offensive capabilities in physically controlling an attacker. The design balances weight and use capabilities. Too light and the blunt force has a larger impact force. Too heavy and mobility is limited. We have balanced these into an easily used shield with a multiple strap configurations.
Our shields are designed to be mobile and can be placed at any location. To be most effective the shields should be placed as near as possible to the location where students and teacher spend the majority of their time.
Currently there is funding available from local or Federal agencies specifically for school security needs. Additionally there is support from local businesses and education foundations for the same purpose. There seems to be no shortage of people who want to help solve this problem. We have also set up a sponsorship program which allows corporate or individual sponsors to contribute shields to schools. In the current environment this generosity is highly focused on protecting our most precious lives.