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Security company demonstrates glass attack

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Officials are hoping science and modern plastics may be the answer to improving security in Connecticut schools following the Newtown tragedy.

As many school systems struggle to improve security after 20 children and six adults were shot and killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, one firm demonstrated how their application might be a secure solution by intruderson.

On Thursday morning, Armor Solutions, LLC presented a life fire demonstration of window security laminates from Advanced Coatings Enterprises that makes windows less vulnerable to breaking.

When it's applied to ordinary glass windows and doors, ACE security laminates reinforce the glass, making it smash, bullet and bomb resistant.

Peter Fabian, who is the CEO of ACE, shot several times into a glass window during a presentation for Eyewitness News at the Quaker Hill Rod & Gun Club in Oakdale.

Eyewitness News witnessed as the shots never penetrated the glass. Fabian was introducing this product to numerous school districts and police agencies.

"What aggressor is going to stand there after 10 shots and remain there?" said Fabian. "He is going to move on, we bought you time. We saved a life."

Officials said the laminates are used in more than 40 countries around the world.

"The ongoing shootings at schools across the country have been a wake-up call for us all. As a security company, we know there are solutions and practical ways of enhancing school security," said Jim Chandler, Managing Partner at Armor Solutions in a statement.

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security, many active-shooter situations are over within 10 or 15 minutes, and the shooter often goes after "soft targets."

Officials said that if there was a way to delay the attack, people inside rooms or buildings where it's occurring would have more time to react and protect themselves while law enforcement responds to calls for help.

"Glass is the weak link of any building," Fabian said. "The shooter at Sandy Hook got into the school by compromising the glass in the school entranceway. Our window security laminates can prevent such entry and we're here today to demonstrate, live, our capabilities and how we believe we can help protect America's children."

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