School shootings: Texas school spent $250,000 on bulletproof film

A suburban Texas school district has spent nearly $250,000 on bulletproof film on its elementary and middle school windows in recent years, according to invoices obtained by Axios Austin through an open records request.

Why is it important: Round Rock Independent School District bills are a window into how much schools are spending nationwide on safety measures after a series of shootings.

  • The supplier was Atlanta-based National Glazing Solutions.

What they say : “In a world filled with school shootings, riots, looting and natural disasters, protecting people and property is paramount,” reads the company’s commercial documentation. “Schools need to identify and improve the first lines of defense, starting with the most vulnerable points: windows and glass doors.”

  • The (terrifying) details: “Whether it’s a bomb blast, windstorm, gunshot or human impact, the glass will shatter with the right amount of force. This shattering creates “chipping”: flying pieces of glass that can cause serious damage to anyone nearby. Serving as a containment system, security window film prevents shards from turning into harmful projectiles flying through the air.

Between the lines: school safety became a big business.

  • The safety glass installation was paid for with state money set aside in 2019 after the Santa Fe shootings — and NGS has a website telling potential customers how they can claim the money.
  • “Texas, we are here to protect your schools”, reads company website.

The bottom line: “We must continue to remain vigilant and continue to prepare and implement the necessary safety procedures to keep our schools safe for our students, staff and community,” Round Rock ISD Superintendent Hafedh Azaiez wrote. , to parents in May, after the Uvalde shooting.

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