An Oklahoma school district installed bulletproof shelters in elementary and middle school classrooms, KOCO News reports.
Healdton School District installed the shelters in seven elementary school classrooms and two middle school classrooms. The shelters can hold up to 35 students and two adults.
District Superintendent Terry Shaw told the station that it’s “very relaxing” to know that students have a shelter inside the classroom in case of a shooting.
“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,” Shaw said.
“I did not feel comfortable putting these in my buildings if I wasn’t willing to do it myself,” he added. “So I offered to go inside. It was very surreal, but I felt very comfortable. Very safe.”
According to the report, Oklahoma schools have gotten dozens of copycat threats after the Parkland school shooting earlier this month.
“You think those things are never, ever gonna happen in your school, but, unfortunately, they do,” the district’s PTA president Melissa Hudson told KOCO. “Some are caused by weather, and some are caused by man.”