Man invents shield for teachers in their classrooms

CREATED Apr 27, 2013

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San Antonio, TX (KTNV) -- A man in Texas is working on ways to keep children safe in the classroom without arming their teachers.

Mike Taylor said he was inspired by the Sandy Hook tragedy and got to work on a bullet proof shield that would stay in the classroom.

The material makes the shield weigh about 14 pounds, but it's strong enough to stop a bullet.

With small kids of his own, Taylor said he felt it was his duty to make this invention happen, "If they would have had something like this in their hands, some type of defense, any kind of defense, those children didn't have to die."

At $275 each, Taylor said he would sell them to schools at cost.

He also invented a smaller, four-pound shield that slips into a child's backpack.