Ohio schools receive ballistic shields to use against armed assailants

December 14, 2018

The “ultra-high molecular weight” polyethylene (plastic) panels are believed to be the first ballistic shields to be deployed in central Ohio schools, intended to provide teachers and staff members with an added protection should they face an armed assailant.

It’s a grim holiday gift, one born from school-security concerns that transcend schoolyard fights, bullying and truancy.

One by one Thursday, with nervous smiles, school officials accepted their 10-pound ballistic shields, hoping they would never have to use them.

The “ultra-high molecular weight” polyethylene (plastic) panels are believed to be the first ballistic shields to be deployed in central Ohio schools, intended to provide teachers and staff members with an added protection should they face an armed assailant.