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(New York Daily News)   Armor contractor invents bulletproof whiteboards for teachers to use during school shootings. Next up: tear-gas erasers   (nydailynews.com) divider line 16
    More: Asinine, George Tunis, Second Amendment Foundation, school shootings, University of Delaware, Murphy's Law  
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2013-01-24 08:50:17 PM  
4 votes:
For the last decade, if not longer, I've heard the Right argue about how teachers are overpaid, how they get three months off so fark them, how they could give a damn less about funding education, and how they could give a damn less about teacher's unions.

Now, all of a sudden, we're supposed to have the money to buy "bullet proof" whiteboards. We can suddenly afford trained security guards for each an every school. Now, the most important characteristic of a teacher is apparently their skill with a firearm and their skill in using it in combat situations.

farking idiots. I'm done trying to reason with any of them.
2013-01-24 10:45:37 PM  
2 votes:
Given that most whiteboards are 5' x 6' and bolted to the wall, I fail to see the utility of a bulletproofed one.

For the rest: as with any self-defense item, a riot shield (which is all this is, sports fans, it's a riot shield with a piece of whiteboard material taped to the front) is only useful if it's in your hand at the moment you need it. This means a teacher would have to have it in her hands all day, every day, on the off chance that a shooter bursts through her door and starts firing. Anyone who has spent even one minute in a classroom knows this is not possible. In addition, considering where most teachers stand relative to the door and the class, the shooter is probably not going to be taking out the teacher first anyway. He's going to spray the room, kill all the kids, and finish off the teacher as an afterthought. She won't be "shepherding her charges" out of the room while crouching behind her riot shield/whiteboard. She'll be screaming in horror at the bloodbath.

Oh, and thirdly, using a riot shield takes a lot of practice, and even an untrained shooter knows to go for the knees, which are badly exposed by this whiteboard riot shield. I think this is safely filed under "war profiteering."
2013-01-24 08:25:47 PM  
2 votes:
I can see some limited benefit in these in the case people are trapped in a room without any way or time to evacuate. It could serve to shield anyone holding the door close, and prevent anyone from shooting through the window on a door.
Otherwise, it is pretty silly.
2013-01-25 05:06:14 AM  
1 votes:
This would be funny if it wasn't so tragic.

The US seems to be looking at bandaid solutions to patch up the symptoms, not the causes of the problems.

Measures like this one (or arming staff, or fortifying schools) should shame the entire country. The US is looking more and more like a lawless, third world hell hole than the fine country I know it to be.

Can anyone find me another first world developed country that feels it has to put these measures in place to stop mass shootings?

Seems to me like every single section of your society has to compromise except the gun owners.
2013-01-24 10:02:25 PM  
1 votes:
The article mentions an shooter kicking in doors as a possible reason for this device. As someone who regularly has to force doors open, I'm getting a kick...

Classroom doors can't just be kicked in. The doors are solid fire-rated slabs, usually in a steel frame, usually with a commercial lockset, and almost always swing into the hallway. The small window that is often present is time consuming to get through due to the wire in the glass.

A school shooter is looking to cause as much damage as he can before his time's up. He's not looking to use time trying to break into locked classrooms.
2013-01-24 09:56:42 PM  
1 votes:

OscarTamerz: As long as the ACLU keeps the crazies out of the insane asylums they're going to keep going off like clockwork.

Harris
Klebold
Cheong
Loughner
Holmes
Lanza

You could replicate the shooting sprees of any of these maniacs with 3 idenitcal revolvers and a bag full of moon clips or speed loaders.

[deuce45s.com image 549x351]

Sorry President Hussein but your little gun legislation wouldn't do anything about any of these events except make them change guns.


i love revolvers, and trust them way way more then mechanical guns

but your a fool if you think someone can pull off a mass shooting with a Revolver and speed loaders

very few disturbed teenagers are competition lvl Cowboy shooters

///anyways a pair of lever actions would be a better choice
2013-01-24 09:14:48 PM  
1 votes:

vpb: What's asinine?  If we aren't going to do anything to prevent shootings, then teachers might as well try to survive them as best they can.


And since we're not allowed to even discuss options that might result in the shooting not taking place at all, we're left with convoluted plans and silly shiat like this. Wonderful.
2013-01-24 08:41:12 PM  
1 votes:
How many teachers teach off a handheld whiteboard?
2013-01-24 08:40:42 PM  
1 votes:
I could see education funds being better spent elsewhere.

Maybe America could pull its dick out of its ass and actually fund proper mental health services?
Naaaah. That's a stupid euro idea.
2013-01-24 08:39:09 PM  
1 votes:
www.thetruthaboutguns.com
Belligerent H.S. Principal Assell and the school's new English dept are busy preparing the upcoming curriculum.
2013-01-24 08:34:19 PM  
1 votes:

vpb: What's asinine?  If we aren't going to do anything to prevent shootings, then teachers might as well try to survive them as best they can.


We are doing something. We are petitioning for teacher concealed carry. Just because it's not your solution doesn't mean it isn't one.

These can be in the classroom as well. Perhaps it can be a students desktop that detaches as a shield. However, without an armed teacher, this is merely a delaying tactic, and not a very good one at that. Maybe she can hold off the shooter till the janitor arrives.
2013-01-24 08:34:07 PM  
1 votes:
Can we make the whole school out of Kevlar?
2013-01-24 08:28:53 PM  
1 votes:
i.imgur.com
vpb [TotalFark]
2013-01-24 08:24:34 PM  
1 votes:
What's asinine?  If we aren't going to do anything to prevent shootings, then teachers might as well try to survive them as best they can.
2013-01-24 08:23:01 PM  
1 votes:
Ban firearms. And stupid.
2013-01-24 08:19:56 PM  
1 votes:
Ummm...no.
 
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