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Bulletproof backpack sales soar after Conn. school shooting

7:10 PM, Dec 19, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Bulletproofing kids before they go to school.  Some companies are cashing in after Friday's Connecticut school shooting. But some parents and teachers think it's gone too far.

"This is absolutely unbelievable," Alberta Marks said.

The company Bullet Blocker sells the backpack. They offer a variety of bulletproof products, with a whole section devoted to school safety.

Samantha Dixon is a third grade teacher at Saint Clair Evans Academy in North Jacksonville. 

"It's too much for a five year old to know about. They're supposed to be innocent, not covering themselves from gunfire. It's too much," she said.

We also asked parents. Senait Johnson has an 11-year-old. Would she buy him the backpack? 

"My son is in elementary school, so most of the time they keep them in their cubby holes, so what purpose is that?"

While some are questioning the practicality of this product, a company spokesman tells us the intended use is during a lockdown, students could use this pack as a shield.  And he said since Friday's shooting in Connecticut, sales have skyrocketed 300 to 400 percent.

But Dixon thinks there are better ways to protect kids in her third grade class. 

"I think keeping doors locked and things like that. I am a teacher and we actually have all of our doors locked at all times. People have to be buzzed in, so I think all schools should have to do that," Dixon explained.

First Coast News did not find anyone who thought these backpacks were a good idea. We want to know what you think. Join in the conversation on the FCN Facebook page. 

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