Unequal Technologies gifted 40 bulletproof shields as a graduation present to St. Cornelius School in Pennsylvania on Monday.
During a middle school graduation ceremony, all 15 eighth grade students and 25 faculty members at the Catholic school received SafeShields, metal plates designed “to be slipped into a backpack which can then be used as protection against most high-powered handguns and shotguns,” reported FOX 29. It is unclear what constitutes a high-powered handgun.
The president of Unequal, Rob Vito, whose daughter is an eighth grade student at St. Cornelius, spoke at the ceremony. “It’s sad that times have called for such a product to be invented, but we have answered the call,” he told students. (RELATED: California College Spikes National Anthem From Graduation Ceremony)
The school already has various safety precautions in place including special bolts on doors and lockdown drills, Barbara Rosini, the St. Cornelius principal, told The New York Times.
Unequal “makes military grade protective solutions for soldiers on the battlefield and athletes on the sports field,” according to the company’s website. The SafeShield ballistic panel retails for $149.95.
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