SAN ANTONIO -- A local inventor has an idea he says every classroom needs. Kids won’t learn anything from it, but it’s something that could save a life.
Mike Taylor says he's been working on a bulletproof shield for educators for a couple of years. But after 26 children and staff members at Sandy Hook Elementary were killed in December, it was time to get it finished.
With small kids of his own in mind, he came up with a Kevlar composite material that weighs 14 pounds and can stop a bullet.
"It'll stop .9 millimeter, .40 caliber, 45 auto at point blank," Taylor says. "And you can stay on your feet."
He says teachers would lay the shield near their desk. And unlike an erasure board, the shield is more portable for quick action.
At $275 each, Taylor says he would sell them to schools at cost. He also invented a smaller 4-pound shield that slips into a backpack. The smaller shield runs for $25.
While he's approached several schools about the shield he hasn’t had much luck, but he says it’s the parents that have gotten on board and seem excited about their kids’ safety. "Some kind of defense is better than no defense,” Taylor says.
Mike Taylor is a Certified Concealed Handgun instructor and his shields can be found at thearmorshield.com