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For this school year, ArmorMe, a personal defense company run by Israel Defense Forces Colonel (ret). Gabi Siboni has designed a backpack made with level IIIA NIJ Protective Panels. It's the same bulletproof material used in personal armor including combat helmets and bulletproof vests, according to the company.
A single-paneled backpack from ArmorMe is priced from $160 to $190 and when deployed as a shield covers from the neck to the knee when worn in front. The double-paneled backpack is priced from $210 to $250 and covers both the front and back of the torso
"We built this backpack to address the daily reality of student life," Siboni said in a press release. "We wanted a pack that was stylish, and light and comfortable could carry a laptop and would last multiple academic years. At the same time, we built this backpack to withstand gunshots."
Former New York Police Department Commissioner William Bratton said if the backpack gives parents' psychological relief as a way to protect the child and they can afford the cost, it could be a good thing.
originally posted by: carewemust
a reply to: dug88
There is this idiot making the rounds on CNN and MSNBC this week declaring, "In this age of Trump as President, parents are having to buy bullet-proof backpacks for their children."
originally posted by: butcherguy
Maybe someone should post the number of students shot on school property vs the number of students shot anywhere else.
Would parents have their kids wear bulletproof jackets everywhere when they see that their children are more likely to be shot when they are not at school?
The number of teens who are dying or being injured as a result of texting while driving has skyrocketed as mobile device technology has advanced. Researchers at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park estimate more than 3,000 annual teen deaths nationwide from texting and 300,000 injuries.
originally posted by: Heruactic
This is good and all but consider escalation. Gives easy access to DIY bulletproof vests for potential idiots who want to shoot up a place.
Buy 20-30 of those backpacks, take the panels out and sew them on standard fatigues. Not perfect but will buy you few extra minutes of "life" to score more "points".