Target: Andrew, International Armoring Corporation Safeboard Representative
Goal: Support new idea for protecting students in the event of a school shooting
The International Armoring Corporation (IAC) recently developed a product that could save lives in the event of a school shooting. While some believe that the solution to tragic shootings, like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut, is arming teachers with guns or keeping firearms in schools for protection, IAC has come up with a safer alternative. The new Safeboard technology is a large white dry-erase board that has been made with Amormax technology, the same that is used in armored vehicles and other devices that are used to protect Presidents, CEO’s, and other leaders.
The Safeboard is designed to blend in with the typical classroom environment, but is strong enough to stop any bullets from penetrating through to the other side. The product’s website promises that, “When an attack happens, within seconds the entire classroom can be fully sealed off and protected from an intruder.” The Safeboard can either slide to lock over the door to protect the entire classroom, or it can pull away from the wall to create a shield for up to 37 seven-year-olds.
The Safeboard is a more cost-effective and much safer alternative than purchasing firearms, which can be both a dangerous and costly form of protection. Schools must find the time and resources to train teachers and staff on using firearms properly. Additionally, there are certainly concerns about children getting a hold of these firearms, including the possibility that they could go off accidentally, resulting in serious injury or death. The availability of weapons within a school also makes it possible that a firearm within the school could be used inappropriately in the wrong hands, causing tragedy at the hand of someone within the school, in rare circumstances.
Most importantly, a shooting is such a quick and sudden event in which it is difficult to organize an effective retaliation response, especially for people who are not thoroughly trained or experienced in using firearms. A more logical and safer plan is to place Safeboards in all schools, providing a way to block a shooter, and his or her bullets, from entering a classroom. Safeboards should be installed into every classroom, in addition to the security measures put in place at every entryway to the building to screen visitors to the school. Commend IAC for coming up with such an important safety solution, and encourage all schools to obtain Safeboards for their classrooms.
Thank you for your part in creating Safeboard, an important product that could save the lives of children in schools all over the country, as well as around the world. With the frightening increase in school shootings, school districts are scrambling to find a solution in case tragedy strikes at their school. The solution for many of these schools is to arm teachers and staff with weapons, training them on how to use firearms in an emergency situation. However, there are many serious concerns with this solution. Safeboard provides a truly safe and cost-effective solution that offers lightning-fast protection in a situation where every second counts.
Your product could save precious lives. Thank you for this important invention, and please get the word out to schools across the country. Promote this product to all school districts, and work with them to find a way to fit Safeboard into their budget—lives could be at stake.
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