The bulletproof skateboard
As far as strange emails go, Griffin Burke’s is most definitely up there as one of the strangest we’ve ever received. Griffin is a 19-year-old student from Newport Beach, California who owns a company called Turtle Boards that manufacture a bulletproof skateboard designed to be used as a shield in the event of an active school shooting situation.
Our conversation with Griffin began with a press release extolling the virtues of the bulletproof skateboard, which also included a bunch of alarming statistics regarding the number of school shooting incidents in the USA.
To give you an idea, here’s a little excerpt:
19-YEAR-OLD COLLEGE STUDENT CREATES BULLETPROOF SKATEBOARD THAT STUDENTS CAN USE TO DEFEND THEMSELVES IN A SCHOOL SHOOTING
It even stops a .44 Magnum Handgun.
There have been 270 school shootings in America since 2013. That is an average of one school shooting per week. There is a growing level of fear that schools are the next soft target for terrorist attacks.
Turtle Boards are the only bulletproof skateboards that can be used as a shield in a school shooting. The proprietary technology has been extensively tested by firearm experts and law enforcement. “I was extremely impressed the skateboard stopped multiple full metal jacket (FMJ) and jacketed hollow-point (JHP) rounds using a 9 mm, .38, .45, .357 and even a .44 Magnum with no penetration,” said Mark Anderson, Range Manager of FT3 Tactical in Stanton, CA.
“I was looking for a way that students could defend themselves and regain a sense of control,” said Griffin Burke, creator of Turtle Boards. “Experts agree that ‘run and hide’ just doesn’t work anymore because an active shooter will continue until stopped.”
Despite sounding somewhat outlandish to us Brits, we were intrigued and felt compelled to find out more about Turtle Boards and the story behind Griffin’s project. Upon speaking further, it became clear that Griffin is a very polite and even-mannered young Californian whose sincerity about the necessity for his bulletproof skateboard product is unquestionable.
Regardless of your perspective on the need for something as seemingly drastic as a bulletproof skateboard, we think you’ll agree that Griffin’s motivations are pure and that, as frightening as it is to say this, his business model will probably be fairly successful, in the USA at the very least.
So, without further ado, read on and find out a little more about the 19-year-old behind the world’s first bulletproof skateboard for yourselves.