by Courtney Reagan CNBC
Crayons, glue, pencils, bullet-resistant backpack.
For some parents, that’s what a back-to-school shopping list looks like this year.
Bulletproof BackPack USA are stocked for back-to-school season and on the retailers’ website. Signs on the display say, “protection in session” and “bullet resistant backpack.” The office supply stores are not alone.
In recent years, there has been an increase in bullet-resistant consumer products coinciding with the rise in shootings at schools and other public places. A photo posted on Facebook of the ProShield Scout backpack taken at an Office Max store in Tennessee with the caption “saw this at Office Max today and my heart literally broke into pieces” had gone viral days before 31 people were killed in two separate mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, this past weekend. The post captures the mixed emotions that can be attached to such products.
Amanda Deacon, a mother of an 8- and 4-year-old from Brigantine, New Jersey, quickly told CNBC that she would purchase such a product for her children.
“Yes, I would. Why not?” she said.
But others questioned whether it would be effective, asking whether it would provide sufficient protection.
“I’m not sure it would do much good, but I can see the marketing reason for it,” said Jeff Scheidler, who is originally from Gilroy, California, where a shooting at a garlic festival killed three and wounded 12, on July 28. Scheidler now lives in St. Louis with his wife and 12-year-old twins.
His wife, Heidi, also had doubts about its ability to fully protect a child, but said, “But will I feel like a bad parent without them for my kids?”