As If Textbooks Weren't Expensive Enough: Now Someone Wants To Make Them Bulletproof
from the say-what? dept
School shootings certainly get an awful lot of attention -- for very good reasons. However, for all the talk of school shootings they're pretty rare events. Still, that hasn't stopped a widespread discussion on ways to help prevent them and increase the safety of schoolchildren. Some of those discussions are quite worthwhile, but some of the ideas seem a bit far out there. The Raw Feed points us to one such idea: make textbooks bulletproof (literally). Then, when some outcast student starts shooting up the place, the kids can just duck behind their biology textbook and feel safe. We're not exactly clear on how they're supposed to protect their whole body using this method, but the guy behind the plan (who's also a candidate for state school superintendent in Oklahoma) insists it would save lives. Of course, he also admits he's not sure how much it would actually cost to coat textbooks in kevlar or come up with some other means of bulletproofing them -- and we suspect that at almost any price, that money could be better spent on other programs that have a far higher likelihood of helping to keep kids safe.