Bulletproof School Supplies: Is This What It's Come To?

Experts are torn on whether military-style protective gear is appropriate for the classroom

There’s a controversial new anti-gun PSA (watch it here) that imagines a world where kids head off to school wearing bulletproof vests. Meant to be shocking, it turns out it might not be that far off.

The hottest trend in back-to-school shopping? Bulletproof school supplies, like backpack inserts, clipboards, whiteboards and even classroom doors, according to TODAY. They’re selling among both school administrators and parents, who live in fear of another school shooting like Newtown. A backpack insert from Hardwire LLC retails for $99; a whiteboard, $299.

But do they actually make kids safer? Some experts say it gives kids and teachers a false sense of security, diverting them from the more important goal of keeping entries into the building secure and running emergency drills. Also, what is the likelihood a child would actually have their backpack on them in the event of shooting? But as a last line of defense, some feel these protective products could give their kid an edge against a shooter.

What do you think: would you buy one for your child?


Mom of two Sasha Emmons is a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

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