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Military veterans make bulletproof bookcases to protect students from school shootings

NEW JERSEY (WPIX) – As mass shootings continue to plague American life, whether in schools or the workplace, military veteran Jake Ahle said he’s not waiting for the next causation massive.

He and Pete Facchini, both New Jersey natives, have created a range of bulletproof bookcases that can serve as the last line of defense when a mass shooter enters the premises.

“The bookcase itself weighs 480 pounds, the exoskeleton is steel, and it’s lined with Kevlar,” Ahle told Nexstar’s WPIX. “Hidden under the bottom of the steel skirt are four wheels and these wheels make it a very mobile tool.”

If an active shooter enters the school, the bookshelf can be moved in front of all classroom entrances. Once the bookcase is secured and locked in place, which takes seconds, the would-be shooter would have no access inside the room and would only encounter a mirror mounted on the back of the bookcase.

A mass shooting at Virginia Tech in 2007 was the initial catalyst that prompted Ahle and Facchini to create the product. Their Georgia-based company ProtectED recently saw a surge in sales following the Uvalde tragedy that left 19 children and two teachers dead.

“If our product was there in the classroom, we could have prevented this active shooter from being able to access the classroom,” he said.

“The mirror on the back is our way of trying to communicate with the active shooter to cause a pause and delay,” Ahle said.

Unfortunately, this modern line of defense could become essential in the United States, but its founders hope it will never need to be used.

“We are just focusing on protecting children in schools,” Ahle said.


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