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Bulletproof Backpack on the Market
UNDATED -- In the wake of Columbine, Virginia Tech and the Sandy Hook school shootings a small number of U.S. companies are selling bulletproof back to school supplies. From white boards and clip boards to protect teachers to bullet proof seat cushions and backpacks for students, school gear unthinkable for parents just a few years ago.
This back pack from Bullet Blocker out of Massachusetts contains a bullet proof Kevlar panel. The manufacture says it will stop 9 mm, 357 and 44 magnum. We went to Fox Loft shooting range in Fairborn and tested a 44 and sure enough the bullets did not penetrate the backpack.
As stated by the manufacture, the backpack will not protect against a rifle...and as you can see when we tested it again with an AR 15, it did not. Adam Lanza used the same kind of rifle in the Sandy Hook massacre. So does the bullet proof backpack and other anti ballistic supplies provide a false sense of security or some level of protection from an active shooter?
Assistant school principal Genevieve Lopardo says, "The trouble is all of our kids don't carry back packs. Some may be in their locker, the kids may be in P.E. and wouldn't have that security."
At $230 the backpacks are not cheap. The bullet proof backpack inserts are more affordable, ranging from $100 to $175 depending on the size.
There are also bullet proof blankets made by an Oklahoma company, they cost $1,000 dollars a piece.
Critics claim the surge in companies producing bullet school products is just exploiting parents fears.
Ed Burke with Bullet Blocker denies that saying, as a father himself of a 10 year old, his company's goal is to empower children. He states,
"Every school has a fire extinguisher and you don't walk in and say oh my God the school is going to burn down. We give families a tool to help them protect their children".
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