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Indianapolis company looks to make classrooms safer with bullet-resistant desks

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind - You’ve probably heard of bulletproof vests and windows. But now a company on the city's west side, which specializes in bullet-resistant products, is expanding what they offer to include items for school classrooms.

The idea came about when Robin Clark, an Indianapolis teacher, wanted a new way to keep herself and her students safe in the classroom.

"I asked my husband if he could build this desk because it’s within the realm of his business. He built the desk and I felt a sense of calm," she said.

Clark's husband works at Creative Industries and was able to retrofit her desk with a quarter-inch thick fiberglass material. That's enough to stop a 9 millimeter handgun.

"It’s a one-time expense if you have furniture or need to buy furniture. Why not add a little bit of safety?" she asked.

Just by looking at it, you can’t tell the desks are bullet-resistant.

It's an extra layer of protection, Clark says she hopes she and her students  never have to use.

"We have patrols outside, but what do we do when we're inside? This is a way. We can only control what we can control."

The desks range between $800 to over $1,000 and for the most part any piece of furniture can be retrofitted for bullet resistance.

Clark says the cost may keep school districts from investing in them.

So far, she’s the only one who has one of these desks in our area, but she says if it can save just one life in case the unthinkable happens, it’s all worth it.