In stark contrast to what is happening around the country after the Sandy Hook School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, does not want kids wearing bulletproof vests to school
According to KSLA NEWS 12 in Louisiana, legislators are considering a proposal to restrict kids from wearing bulletproof vests at school.
Earlier this year, a 13-year-old boy wearing a vest and carrying a gun approached a middle school in East Baton Rouge. Because sheriff's officials could not legally do enough to punish him, they want the legislature's help.
Colonel Ricky Adams with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office says the young man told them he wore the vest to protect himself from bullies. Adams, who charged the boy with carrying a firearm onto school grounds, says the young man's motivation was more complex.
"Most often, the aggressors were victims of some type of violence and bullying in schools and others, so we want to bring that to the attention of school officials," he said.
Adams is working with state legislators on a bill to stop students from wearing bulletproof vests or other types of body armor to school. If it passes, students can wear bulletproof vests to school only if the school administrators have given advance permission. The bill unanimously passed the House committee, and it now goes to the House floor for another vote.
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