Wednesday, August 15, 2007

It's back to school, kids -- don't forget your bulletproof backpacks

It's time for parents to make the annual trek to get back-to-school items, which usually includes jeans, jerseys and a few notebooks.

Boston television station WCVB reported Thursday that a couple of Boston men want parents to consider something else -- a bulletproof backpack
How sad is this?

It started with the Columbine shooting in 1999. [Joe] Curran and Mike Pelonzi said that they watched and worried for their own children. They had the idea to hide bulletproof material inside a backpack. They call it defensive action.

"If the kid has a backpack next to them, or under the desk, they can pick it up, the straps act as a handle and it becomes a shield," Curran said.
My first reaction to this was, "you've got to be kidding," but these dads are dead serious.
"I want to keep my kid safe," Curran said. "I don't care what you do -- if you want to fight the good fight or fix the world's hurts, I can't help you, but my kids are going to be safe because of these backpacks."
The backpacks, which sell for $175, will stop an assortment of bullets, including 9-millimeter hollow point bullets. When the vast majority of schools are safe, is this really necessary?

What do you think.


Dr. Zaius said...

I think that for $175 dollars, your kid can use this napsack to have really, really safe school books. It will probably help save parts of the lunch as well, although I think that the cookies would probably get crushed and the apple might get a bit bruised. I think that any kind of potato chips would probably be a goner on the first round.

Wouldn't it just be easier to keep guns out of the hands of students, though? I mean, for the sake of the spoiled lunches and everything.

BAC said...

I couldn't agree more!


Anonymous said...

Oh, my. And I was worried about The Spawn's self-esteem! Now I have to worry about them protecting themselves from gunfire?

Well, when the bullets start flying, let's hope that no child gets left behind.

Jess Wundrun said...

I say anything that parts an idiotic redneck moran from $175 bucks needlessly is a good thing.

BTW - shopped for school supplies - just the list the school sent.