A school district in Oklahoma has installed bulletproof shelters, reportedly the first of its kind in the nation, in seven elementary school classrooms and two middle school classrooms following the deadly shooting at a Florida high school, according to Oklahoma’s KOCO News5.
The bulletproof storm shelters, made by company Shelter-In-Place, can hold up to 35 students and two teachers.
“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,” said Superintendent Terry Shaw.
The superintendent said he felt “comfortable” testing the shelters by going inside one while representatives from Shelter-In-Place shot at it.
“I did not feel comfortable putting these in my buildings if I wasn’t willing to do it myself,” he said. “So I offered to go inside. It was very surreal, but I felt very comfortable. Very safe.”