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Bodyguard Blanket: School shootings bring new protective measures to students

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A high school shooting in Oregon on Tuesday, June 10, 2014, is yet another tragic incident in something that is becoming far too common. The scary situations just can't be predicted and many are wondering if their children will ever be fully safe while at their schools. The Sydney Morning Herald reported on June 10, 2014, that students at schools may each start carrying Bodyguard Blankets very soon.

A company in Oklahoma has created something that may appear as "going too far," but it is looking like it's necessary. They've created the Bodyguard Blanket, a bulletproof blanket that children can wear on their backs like a backpack and it is designed to offer them protection in case of a school shooting.

Even though the Bodyguard Blankets cost $1000 each, they may start showing up in more schools soon.

Studies show that between Dec. 2012 and Feb. 10, 2014, there were at least 44 school shootings in the United States for an average of more than three per month.

After the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, Steve Walker, a father of two, came up with the idea for the blanket. It grew even more steam after a tornado killed 24 people last year in Oklahoma, including some children at a school that didn't have a tornado shelter.

Walker states that the Bodyguard Blanket can also be used as a cover to protect children from flying debris from a tornado.

"We wanted our children to have a layer of protection immediately," Walker is quoted as saying in a press release about the product.

"They can be stored in the classroom and when seconds count, they can be easily applied," he said

The Bodyguard Blanket has been on the market for 10 days, but no schools have purchased any as of yet. Stan Schone, managing director for ProTecht, said that presentations around the United States are being put together now.

"However, we are setting many sales presentations with school districts around the USA which means it is only a matter of time before we have those large sales to report," Mr Schone said.

"One thing that has been a great surprise to us is the number of requests by individuals to purchase the blankets and we have had a constant flow of orders all day today and this is our first day to take individual orders."

During testing, the Bodyguard Blanket passed the National Institute of Justice 3A Test which is the same test used for police body armor. That means the blankets will be able to protect people against bullets from a 9mm, 12-gauge buckshot, and .22-calibre gun.

Test procedures had children put the blankets on their back like backpacks, line-up in school hallways, and "develop a shield like the Romans and Greeks used to lock together." They can duck down and pull it over top of them to protect them from bullets or projectiles.

Only time will tell if the Bodyguard Blanket gets over in the United States.

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