It sounds almost surreal, but the idea of bulletproof rucksacks for school kids has already matured in many a parent’s and teacher’s head. Probably the most concrete evidence of this is appearing in Aurora, Colorado, where 5-year olds are starting to wear them.
“If you put it on her back, it almost covers her whole body,” says Demitric Boykin, one of the fathers. “It was a very hard conversation to have but she knows that it’s something that will keep her safe.”
Elite Sterling Security has already sold over 300 rucksacks and received thousands of inquiries about them, while some schools are talking about keeping scaled-down safety vests in classrooms, just in case.
Worcester Preparatory School now is in possession of 80 ballistic shields disguised as whiteboards and such. They are even used by teachers, but everyone knows what they are really for.
Hardwire, the manufacturer of the equipment, is selling similar products in California, North Dakota and Pennsylvania, while the above mentioned Elite Sterling Security is selling sheet disguised as rainbow covered posters for classroom doors preventing someone trying to shoot their way in.
Many teachers and parents are either indifferent on the issue of gun safety or are strong believers in gun restrictions or gun freedom, however, Boykin says his motives are not complicated at all: “My main impulse is to protect my family. As you see these children being brought into the world your natural reaction is to try to protect them. By the time the police arrive on the scene, the shooting has often finished. I want to try to protect them when I am not around.”
I don’t think many could argue with that.