In June of this year, I noted that military contractors like Hardwire Armor Systems LLC have decided that with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, they need a new market for their armor technology — and so they’ve been convincing school districts and universities that their teachers need bulletproof whiteboards.
Given that the actual observed risk of a murder in a U.S. public school is 1 in 4.5 million, and given that the pricetag of each bulletproof whiteboard is $400, do you think that this is a cost-effective way to spend school dollars? I don’t. I am so confident the numbers are on my side of the argument that I made a $1,000 bet: not one teacher in the United States in 2014 would actually be shot (outside a product demonstration) while holding a bulletproof whiteboard.
We’re into September now. There are three months left in the year. I invite you to scour news reports. There has not been a single report of a single teacher actually using a bulletproof whiteboard to resist a school shooter. Not one report. The $400 bulletproof whiteboards have been utterly useless.