Mother, Author and CEO/Founder of Richmondmom.com Kate Hall shares her thoughts on bulletproof backpacks below:
I'll admit, I didn't realize that bulletproof backpacks were available to anyone outside of the FBI and armed forces, and quite frankly I'm saddened that they have to be.
After seeing Kerri O'Brien's update on the surge in sales of backpacks like the Bullet Blocker post-Newtown shootings, the reality of the world in which my children are being brought up slapped me across the face.
Every morning (mainly because we're always late for the bus, but also because I enjoy it) I drop my three kids off at their elementary school around the corner. At least one armed local policeman has stood at the front door since the Newtown shootings, a constant reminder that our world is on guard. This is simultaneously reassuring and frightening to me that my six, eight, and eleven year-olds live in an era where this is acceptable.
It's no shock that parents are buying these, if for nothing else the sheer piece of mind that they helped provide some protection should their worst nightmare occur. And while I'm not sure I'm ready to run out and purchase potentially life-saving backpacks for my kids, I will continue to ask pointed questions about school security, talk with them about the realities of recent tragedies, and hold it open as an option for the future.
--Kate W. Hall, CEO/Founder, Richmondmom.com
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