A Missouri school installs a classroom tornado shelter that can also withstand gunfire. KSHB's Jadiann Thompson reports.
A shelter designed for classrooms can withstand AK-47 rounds and F5 tornado winds – and just might find a place in American schools.
The company that makes the Hide-Away Storm Shelter says they started designing the steel refuge it in August, before a gunman attacked Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and a tornado ripped through Moore, Okla.
For teachers at Harrisonville Christian School in Missouri, where the shelter was tested on Wednesday, those tragedies serve as potent reminders of the trust parents place in them every day.
“It's a lot of responsibility that we think of as teachers, and what do we do to keep our students as safe as we can? Right now it just feels like our best isn't good enough," Michelle Sloan, Harrisonville Christian School second grade teacher, told NBC News affiliate KSHB.
Her students tested out the shelter, which can hold about 30 kids, on Wednesday.
"It feels safer going in there than ducking in the hallways," fifth grader Grace Filer told KSHB.
“In case of emergencies we don't have to run somewhere," said fellow Harrisonville Christian School student Devin Shrock.
Amos Matlock, a sales manager at Staying Home Corporation, says that the Sandy Hook shooting in December prompted the company to begin redesigning their shelter with military-grade ballistic steel and dimensions fit for a classroom.
The company has already been contacted by the Parent Teacher Association in Moore, Okla., according to Matlock. The units cost about $15,000 apiece.
“Think of it this way,” said Matlock, “if you could buy an insurance policy for $600 for your child starting in kindergarten that would last through high school, would you buy it?”