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My Child's Pack (large)My Child's Pack (large) "It's the most, wonderful, time, of the year..." And increasingly, one of the most dangerous for our children. Violent incidents at and around schools are by no means limited to the United States, either. Even supposedly tranquil and crime-free Japan has seen its share of tragedy, most notably the June 8, 2001 "Osaka School Massacre" that saw 8 children killed and 13 wounded by crazed 37-year-old former janitor Mamoru Takuma.

 


My Child's Pack (small)My Child's Pack (small) A Massachusetts company called MJ Safety Solutions has come up with an innovative solution. It's called the "My Child's Pack", a lightweight, unobtrusive nylon backpack that features a ballistic back panel effective in stopping 97% of the most commonly used bullets, even rifle shots. The backpack acts much like the bulletproof vests police use, yet weighs one twentieth as much.

 


This video from TheBostonChannel features the vest being tested uisng live ammunition, plus a detailed interview with the founders of MJ Safety Solutions:


It's a shame that the joy and excitement of the new school year must be tempered with the knowledge that tragedy lurks behind every corner, but unfortunately it's a fact of life these days. If products like a bulletproof backpack save even one child's life, the investment is well worth it.

 

My Child's Pack gets the ultimate testMy Child's Pack gets the ultimate test
The $175 "My Child's Pack" comes in two sizes, comes in a range of colors and can be ordered direct from MJ Safety Solutions. (via The Raw Story)

 

Steve Levenstein
Japanese Innovations Writer
InventorSpot.com

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Comments
Aug 19, 2007
by oyun (not verified)

thanks

thanks

Aug 19, 2007
by Anonymous Rodney Dangerfield (not verified)

Some Schools Have BANNED Backpacks

Due to use for hiding weapons, etc., many students may not be permitted to carry these.

 BUT BSG may want to boycott these for the fun of it.

Aug 20, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

stupid

no front or head protection! This bag doesn't even buy piece of mind

Aug 20, 2007
by Manny (not verified)

useless

The people that really need this (I.E. inner city school kids) aren't always going to be able to afford this backpack.

Aug 20, 2007
by Steve Levenstein
Steve Levenstein's picture

need, or want?

The My Child's Pack IS being marketed, its not a charity - so one might say that its true purpose is to protect parents' peace of mind, and not inner city parents either. And i'm not going to say Gun Control is the answer... we have that, as well as school shootings, up here in Canada :o(

Aug 21, 2007
by Tom (not verified)

pathetic

I've never heard reference of any school shootings in the UK, people these days are too paranoid, unless you plan on walking into Harlem, NY with a big sign on your back with some racist abuse then you'd need that backpack and more, but the chances of your little kid getting popped in the back with a .50 is slim to say the least.

Aug 21, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

are your retarded? he said

are your retarded? he said not limited to united states, he didn't mention any specific places such as the UK

Aug 21, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

and plus it isn't a stupid

and plus it isn't a stupid idea, i mean they have perfume that smells like vagina and this one provides you with safety just incase the event does happen if it ever does and even when it doesn't, u're basically buying into feeling safe, just like people who buy guns to keep at thie rhouse, buy personal tasers etc

Aug 21, 2007
by Anonymous The Reactor (not verified)

Bullet-proof Backpacks

just feed into the idea that there will be more school shootings and "create" a market by preying on concerned parents' fears of their children becoming victims.  They also are a step toward making school shootings seem like a common occurrence when they are, relatively, rare.

And, if some kids are stupid/naive enough, I could see one of them ASKING a friend with a guy to shoot into the backpack while it is on to see if it really works....and the consequences could be tragic.

Maybe the bottleslingguy would like to boycott these backpacks?

Aug 21, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

Correction Below:

"friend with a GUN" (not "guy).....ooops

Aug 21, 2007
by Steve Levenstein
Steve Levenstein's picture

Kids, don't try this at home...

Hopefully, kids with friends who have guns (a scary enough thought to begin with) won't be that stupid. People don't crash test cars to see if they'd survive - do they? Leave it to the guys from Jackass... 97/100 are pretty good odds, they might think.

Aug 22, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

actually people do crash

actually people do crash test cars to see if they survive. National Highway Transportation Safety Agency (NHTSA) crashes cars all the time and gives them safety ratings.

Nov 7, 2007
by Anonymous (not verified)

thats sick

thats sick

Dec 8, 2007
by oyunlar (not verified)

oyunlar

thank you nice site

Dec 31, 2007
by Firmalar (not verified)

Firmalar

no front or head protection! This bag doesn't even buy piece of mind

Feb 18, 2008
by Oyun (not verified)

Thanks

The people that really need this (I.E. inner city school kids) aren't always going to be able to afford this backpack

May 4, 2008
by Anonymous

COME ON!

Backpacks are already bullet proof! Consider the amounts of books and paper kids carry in their backpacks--they're going to be okay.