Bullet-resistant backpack offers protection from gunshot and other weaponry

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my_childs_pack_backpack.jpgIn both the US and UK, the safety of kids both on and off school campuses is a high priority, and rightly so. Now Massachusetts-based MJ Safety Solutions is offering a special backpack containing a bullet- and edged-weapon-resistant panel, certified as a NIJ Level II plate which can withstand medium and low caliber rounds.

Adding 20 ounces in weight to the regular backpack, it will provide either back or front protection – but of course has to be held or worn in the appropriate place. I suppose if you had $350 to spare, and didn’t mind looking like an idiot, you could wear two.

MJ Safety claims that, of the 328 shootings in the US since Columbine in 1999, 97% could have been prevented by using their bags.

It’s not the first form of protection offered to school kids. UK-based Bladerunner now offers slashproof school blazers lined with Kevlar.

It’s very sad that society has got to a place where parents and kids only feel safer when they go to school wearing expensive, near military grade apparel. What next? Standard issue bulletproof vests – complete with school logo, naturally.

(Via TG Daily)

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