Bullet-Resistant Shields to be Placed in Iredell County Elementary Schools

STATESVILLE, NC – Schools in Iredell County are getting a new piece of safety equipment. It’s supposed to help during an active shooter situation. Bullet-resistant shields will be placed inside elementary schools.

Sheriff Darren Campbell says it’s an easy way to make schools more of a hardened target.

“Give ‘em an extra tool in their tool belt to advance and take care of a threat,” Campbell explains.

The Sheriff’s Office is using around $45,000 in federal money seized from drug dealers to buy around 20 of the shields.

They’ll be kept in an undisclosed location inside the schools, ready for Deputies to use in case of an active shooter situation.
“They’ll be able to use this protection to possibly rescue people, prevent somebody from shooting other people, protect themselves,” Campbell says.
The shields are going inside elementary schools, because most in Iredell County don’t have a full-time School Resource Officer.