Bullet Proof Backpacks for Back to School

August 14, 2018

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 In 2017 there were 48 school shootings in the United States. Parents, teachers, and kids are wondering what they can do to protect themselves in the event of an active shooter situation. 

It was Valentine's Day and the school day was about to end for student's at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl on Wednesday when shots rang out followed by the fire alarm going off to get student's out of their classrooms. In total, seventeen lives were lost  when a former student opened fire with an AR-15 rifle. 

The students, teachers, and staff that survived the horrific event are now left scared forever by what they heard and saw. And those outside the school all over the World were able to see video footage taken by students during the ordeal all over social media and TV. People are worried about their children and want to protect them in any way they can. 

Schools have been doing active shooter drills for years now because unfortunately the frequency of events like the one in Parkland only continue to become more frequent. I graduated from high school in 1997 so I never had to go through active shooter training. The videos of the training alone are frightening. 

Now parents can do more to protect their kids. A company called Bullet Blocker has made a special bulletproof backpack and sales have increased ten-fold since Wednesday's shooting. They sell bulletproof vests, clothing, and inserts. But parents are buying their backpacks that are made of a Kevlar lining and weighs about 4 1/2 pounds.

The backpacks range in value from $200-$500. They also have inserts your child can put into their backpack to make it bulletproof if you don't have the money for the full backpack. The inserts are about $99. "The cost is nothing compared with having a small bit of comfort that he will have something on him for protection," says one Michigan mom concerned with the uptick in school shootings.

I guess this is what the World or our World in the US has come to sadly. Would you buy one of these for your kids?