Since the school shooting that took place in Parkland, Florida earlier this month, there has been no shortage of suggestions meant to protect kids in the event of a school shooting; from arming teachers to sending kids to school with bulletproof backpacks. However, a handful of Oklahoma elementary schools have already put a plan of their own into motion: bulletproof shelters inside of classrooms.
Per a report by KOCO, all public schools in Healdton, Oklahoma will aim to have the bulletproof shelters installed in the near future. Seven of the shelters have already been installed in the town’s elementary schools, and two larger ones inside middle schools. District officials are aiming to have these shelters built inside of local high school classrooms as well.
“When tornadoes strike, and Lord help us, when you have an intruder on campus, to know that you have somewhere to go quickly for the safety of your students, it’s very relaxing,” superintendent Terry Shaw told KOCO.
According to Shelter-in-Place, the company that outfitted the school with the shelters, the ones erected in Healdton are the first to be installed in the whole country. Each of the installed shelters can hold up to 35 students and two teachers.
As parents resort to sending their kids to school with rubber door stoppers or wearing bulletproof backpacks, it’s hard to imagine that the shelters in Healdton will be the last of their kind. Of course, there could be changes made on a more fundamental level to protect schools, but US legislators have done little-to-nothing that would protect children from gun violence at school.