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INNOVATION: Schools Install New Apparatus To Keep Kids Safe During Shootings

A small town in Oklahoma is leading the country in taking proactive measures to keep students safe in the unlikely event of a shooting by installing bulletproof storm shelters inside classrooms.

With the media’s non-stop coverage of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting that left 17 students and teachers dead, scores of copycat-type threats have been investigated nationwide, including in Healdton, Oklahoma, which has a population of only 3,000 people, KOCO 5 NEWS reports.

Healdton Public Schools leaders made the decision to install “seven bulletproof storm shelters inside the elementary school and two larger ones in the middle school” while also working on obtaining more shelters for the high school.

“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 said. “As the kids flow in, the last teacher that comes in comes right in, shuts the door and you lock it down.”

Shaw volunteered to sit inside one of the shelters made by Shelter-In-Place while being shot at with live rounds of ammunition. “I volunteered. I did not feel comfortable putting these in my buildings if I wasn’t willing to do it myself. So I offered to go inside,” Shaw continued. “It was very surreal, but I felt very comfortable. Very safe.”

Healdton schools are the first to install the shelters as Shelter-In-Place has since installed shelters in Atoka, Oklahoma and are in talks with other school districts in the region.


An elementary school in Oklahoma is the first to install bulletproof storm shelters inside schools to keep kids safe during a shooting.

— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) March 1, 2018