Minnesota School Using Bulletproof Whiteboards (VIDEO)

Source: Ben Waldron / ABC News

As school districts across the country grapple with ideas to better protect students after a gunman killed 26 people at a Connecticut elementary school in December, a school system in Minnesota is stocking classrooms with bulletproof whiteboards to guard against possible future shootings.

The Rocori School District in Cold Spring, Minn., recently obtained nearly 200 of the 18-by-20-inch boards to be a last line of defense in the event of a classroom shooting like the one at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The district is the first in Minnesota to adopt the bulletproof whiteboards, but they’re already in use in certain schools in California, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

According to the board’s manufacturer, it is designed to cover a head and torso, and is capable of absorbing several magazines of ammunition from a handgun or shotgun “without ricochet or injury.”

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