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Florida Christian School is selling bulletproof panels that go inside students' backpacks. The head of school security said he has taught teachers how to instruct students to use their backpacks to shield themselves in the event of a school shooting.

MIAMI, FL — A Miami private school is offering parents an unusual item for sale: bulletproof panels for their kids’ backpacks.

The Florida Christian School website has a list of items available for purchase. These include winter wear, red school logo T-shirts and ballistic panels.

George Gulla, dean of students and head of school security at Florida Christian School, told CNN the bulletproof panels would add “another level of protection” to students of the pre-K through grade 12 school “in the event of an active shooter.”

The school has never had a shooting incident.

“The teachers are trained to instruct the students to use their backpacks as a shield to protect themselves,” Gulla told CNN in an email.

The cost of the panels is $120.

Gulla also said showing teachers how to use the panels is just a part of the overall safety training he gives them.

Bulletproof is the new black

The five deadliest shootings in modern US history have occurred roughly in the past 10 years. The second-deadliest was last year at a gay nightclub in Orlando. The deadliest happened just over a month ago in Las Vegas. The fifth deadliest occurred this past weekend at a church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. These tragic events have increased the amount and types of bulletproof products on the market.

In 2013, months after the mass shooting that left 20 children and six adults dead at a school in Newtown, Connecticut, a Maryland university made the decision to invest in bulletproof whiteboards. The University of Maryland-Eastern Shore purchased 200 of the whiteboards, citing the deadly Newtown shooting as the deciding factor.

Whiteboards and backpacks are not the only bulletproof items available in the wake of mass shootings. There is an entire industry dedicated to the manufacture of bulletproof products. These include notebooks, computer briefcases, barrier blankets, furniture, and even underwear.

There also is a bulletproof high-end fashion line that offers everything from formal wear to raincoats to leather jackets. Several world leaders wear the brand’s products.

Looking for a quick fix?

Despite the popularity of bulletproof products available for school settings, some say making these items available to children could cause more harm than good.

School security expert Kenneth Trump, no relation to the President, said people are looking for a “quick fix” to a problem that needs a more in-depth solution.

“The first and best line of defense is a well-trained staff and student body,” Trump said. “If you need a bulletproof backpack, don’t you need a bulletproof front pack, headgear, and bulletproofing the rest of your body down to your toes?”

Trump also said that while these products are well-intended they are not “well focused for a child-centered environment.”

14 comments

  • None

    Seems the most effective use of these products is to scare parents with a daily reminder of the 1 in a million chance as a means to influence their political beliefs. Sort of like when the government had kids practice hiding under their desks from nukes in the 60’s as a means to scare/remind parents how important cold war spending and maintaining a nuclear arsenal was. These panels are about as effective against a crazed person as hiding under a desk is against a nuke.

  • Helpless

    Vocational classes have been under funded or mostly cut from the curriculum, while crime is on the rise in the best thought out sovereignty that ever existed since human kind has populated this Earth? We’ve gotten this far by defending ourselves in a matter of moments, rather than relying on others to do it for us. There are barely any life skills taught in our public school systems that we are all taxed for. Think of what our society has accomplished in this last 241 years. Look at daily practices in other countries where they cut off kids’ hands if they someday might oppose them.

  • warningfakenews

    Kids used to go to school using public transportation, taking their guns to school for target practice classes.

    New York City Public Schools.

  • Alex R.

    This school is notoriously known for making as much money off the students for the administration’s perks as possible. Everything sold to the students is at a high mark-up and the companies give kick-backs to the school. Even the faculty and staff have their own private money making things. The money gets run through the school’s accounting office to make it look legit, but then the profit is given to the teacher or staff. Most coaches run after school camps and profit from them big time. One of the coaches of the Miami Heat got his start there doing summer camps and making all the money tax free off the kids. He never had to pay a penny to the school for using all their facilities. So much corruption there…any investigative reports out there to expose the fraud of this non-profit?!?

  • Lloyd Schmucatelli

    This combined with the tranny in Virginia that we can’t discuss on that thread, what kind of day is this??

  • whatever831

    How sad to live in a world like this. How sad, my children have too many distractions and have too much to worry about just simply going to school to learn. Going to a concert to have fun, and going to church to pray. How truly sad. When will it ever stop?

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