Up until recently our school-aged children have had fire, tornado and earthquake drills, but now schools have a new danger they have to prepare for. School shootings have sky-rocketed over the past several years which in turn has spawned debate on how to keep our children safe. One company believes they have an idea that could potentially save lives, but feelings about it are mixed.
There’s a new product on the market called the Bodyguard Blanket, and it’s made by a company called ProTecht. It’s basically a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad that you can shield yourself with, made from the same materials used by our military, except it’s for kids. They even come in different sizes for different ages.
The company describes how these bulletproof blankets work. Here are some excerpts from their website:
- Bodyguard blanket can be easily fastened around a child or adult, and is amazingly lightweight.
- When seconds count, Bodyguard blanket can provide a quick, simple solution for maximum protection against a school intruder.
- Bodyguard blanket can provide protection when used properly in many settings. These include, home, highway (cars and trucks), workplace, shopping center, amusement park, sporting event or any other location where people reside.
It’s unfortunate we live in a time when we even have to think about these types of tragedies occurring in our communities. As Washington continues to debate over gun laws, we as citizens worry about how to protect our children.
Is there really an answer? How do you feel about a product like this? Would you support schools buying them, or do you think by doing so we are giving into fear? Share your comments below.