Back to School Safety Means a Bulletproof Backpack
"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.
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.