How window film is being used to protect students in one Martinsville classroom

This comes after window armor shutter systems installation last year


MARTINSVILLE, Va. – Martinsville City Public Schools is making upgrades in order to better protect its students.

Recently, a new window security film was installed in one of the school’s classrooms.

In a Facebook post, the division said the film is “a thick, multi-laminated plastic film made of special acrylic adhesives.”

The film will absorb impact, making it harder for an intruder to break in.

Last year, we reported that Martinsville schools were the first in Virginia to install a window shutter system for student protection.

The shutter system is constructed of 10-gauge steel and when deployed, the shutter slides over the window and locks into place.

It was developed by Ken Ratliff, a retired school superintendent in Ohio to keep an intruder from breaking out the typical glass window found in classroom doors.

With the addition of the new window security film, Martinsville schools are doubling down on their safety efforts.

Martinsville schools also have gunshot detection systems and panic alarms.

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