CNN - On the school supply list at one university? No, not pencils and notebooks. Instead, bulletproof whiteboards.
The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is spending $60,000 for 200 of these personal safety devices.
The boards are made of a high-tech material called Dyneema, which can withstand "multiple magazines of ammunition from any handgun or shotgun without ricochet or injury," according to the manufacturers website.
"UMES is the first university to adopt the Bulletproof Whiteboard as a critical layer of its student and faculty security system," Hardwire founder George Tunnis said.
University officials see the boards as another way to provide a safe learning environment.
"Classroom safety is not a pleasant topic," UMES President Juliette B. Bell said. "Unfortunately, campus violence is a reality that we have to be prepared for, and this technology allows us to be proactive rather than reactive."