One article in particular caught my eye. Perhaps you've seen it? Small, bulletproof white boards that will be furnished to some college professors were the subject of a brief story in The Baltimore Sun. (You can read it here.)
A number of things came to mind as I read the story:
- Only the professors are important. No white boards for the kids.
- An 18 x 20 inch board will not protect much of an adult's body. If one protects one's head, the torso is exposed. Cover the torso and the head is vulnerable. While the bullets are flying, the user must decide what vital body part is most important.
- The school administrators have no concept of realistic safety alternatives and obviously didn't consult someone who does.
School administrators have a responsibility to approach this frightening subject matter with clear-headed, unemotional thoughtfulness. Lives really do depend on their decisions and choices. Administrators need educating when it comes to safety. They must communicate with law enforcement experts who can help them prepare an appropriate plan and put that plan into action.
In other words, are bulletproof white boards saying what the university really wants to say?