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Are Bulletproof Backpacks the Solution to Gun Violence in Schools?

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Are bulletproof backpacks the solution to school violence?Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Are bulletproof backpacks the solution to school violence? Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

After the Parkland high school shooting, the debate continues about how to make schools safer. As legislators decide whether to arm teachers, some parents are trying to protect their children with bulletproof backpacks. A company in Sanford called Guard Dog Security is selling them.

One ballistics expert warns many of these backpacks, unless equipped with an additional heavy aluminum or titanium protective layer, wouldn’t protect against automatic rifles.

Instead, he recommends additional school surveillance, barriers, and guarded entrances and exits.

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Danielle Prieur is a general assignment reporter at WMFE. You can hear her reporting on a daily basis on the station. She also fills-in as a host during the morning and afternoon drive times. Her reporting has been featured on NPR, Marketplace, Here & Now, and Vox. Danielle is originally from Rochester Hills, ... Read Full Bio »