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A sign of the times: The University of Maryland Eastern Shore is planning to buy $60,000 worth of special whiteboards that can be used as  writing pads — and as protection against bullets should there be a need.

The historically black college in the rural town of Princess Anne on the Eastern Shore decided to buy the bulletproof whiteboards from a company called Hardwire LLC, which has already sold some to K-12 schools in five states, including Maryland, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The university’s president, Juliette Bell, told the Sun she is ordering 200 of the whiteboards so the school can be “proactive rather than reactive” should someone wielding a gun appear on campus. No such incident has occurred at the school.

The 18-by-20-inch whiteboards each cost $299 and are available in blue, green and pink, the Sun said.

The university, with about 4,000 undergraduates, was founded in 1886 and went through several permutations until, in 1970, it became one of five campuses that constituted the University of Maryland, and in 1988 became a member of the then 11-campus University of Maryland System, now known as the University System of Maryland .