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Bulletproof backpacks for students

As school massacres continue to happen across the nation, some companies are taking the steps to add protection. Those extra steps mean adding protection to items that students use every day.

Posted: Feb 26, 2018 6:39 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- The recent shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, has left parents wondering what they can do to better protect their children at school. A new product on the market could do just that. 

As school massacres continue to happen across the nation, some companies are taking the steps to add protection. Those extra steps mean adding protection to items that students use every day. 

There is a higher demand for bulletproof shields or backpacks. The shields are about 10 by 14, quarter inch think and weigh about one pound. One company online claims their shields withstand nearly six rounds from a handgun. 

The shields come in a soft or hard version and are designed to fit inside a student's backpack.

Connie Wrin is a mother of five kids. She can't even begin to imagine if an event like that happened to one of her own. 

"If something happpened and they got injured I would carry that guilt that I didn't do anything to help," Wrin said.

Each one of Wren's kids went to schools in Vigo County. She says she agrees with the bullet-proof shields.

"I would buy them for my kids," Wrin said.

According to the company's website, the backpack shield is said to block bullets from handguns and some rifles, but not all guns.

Cathy Davis is a parent and has one grandchild. She believes this only creates more fear and anxiety. 

"That's unbelievable that you would have to carry a bulletproof anything," Davis said. 

But, she says if this is the next step to take she is willing to do it. 

"If it's something to protect the children," she said. "I think all of us would like to be a little more prepared for."

The company's website says no material is ever 100 percent bullet-proof, but the backpacks are tested and can stop a 357 magnum, 44 magnum and more. 

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