Back-to-school shopping now includes ordering bulletproof panels for backpacks at one Florida
The panels are designed to slip into a backpack in the event of a shooting incident. They are slim and weigh less than a pound, and are said to protect students from bullets such as a .44 Magnum or a 357 SIG. Stopping rifle bullets would require heavier armor. Students are taught to hold their backpacks containing the panels over their chests in case of an active shooter.
The school enrolls children from kindergarten through twelfth grade. Purchasing panels isn’t required, but is seen as another tool to prevent tragedy and provide peace of mind.