MIAMI (CBSMiami) — With kids going back to class soon, parents are thinking about getting school supplies. But some might be surprised by what they see on the shelves at some stores.
Marisol Rodriguez is thinking about getting one for her teenager.
“Do I have that much money to spend on it? No I do not,” she says, “But am I willing to work the hours and the time to do what I have to do as a mother to protect my child? I will.”
Eric Swanson purchased a bulletproof backpack for his child.
“They can protect children in a way that doesn’t require them to think about it other than pull the thing up.”
In addition to full backpacks, some manufacturers offer inserts that slide into a current backpack.
CBS News took one to a shooting range last year. It stood up to a hand gun, but like many products they are not built to stop a more powerful AR-15 or AK-47.
There are heavier, more expensive shields for backpacks that can stop powerful rifle bullets like an AK-47.
Bulletproof backpacks and shields can cost between $100-$300.
Several manufacturers say they’ve seen a spike in sales for these products after the recent mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.