Worried parents 'grasping for straws,' says security expert

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

children's backpacksThere's word that as a new school year begins, demand for bulletproof backpacks for students is again on the rise. A school security expert says it's more about emotion than physical protection.

Following the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, in early August, the demand for bulletproof backpacks has risen again – that's according to The Hill. Initial interest in the backpacks, which can cost in the neighborhood of $200, began after the 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida, says that report.

Kenneth Trump is president of the National School Safety and Security Services. He says these protective devices aren't practical because most students at school don't carry them around all the time.

Trump

"You'd also need a bulletproof front-pack, a bulletproof helmet, and a Captain America shield to go along with it if you want to come anywhere closer to getting that emotional security blanket that people actually want for the kid," he tells OneNewsNow.

But, says Trump, parents are nervous. "People are grasping for straws. Parents, understandably, are highly emotional," he acknowledges. "We're in a context of high ambiguity, uncertainty, anxiety – and vendors are waiting in the wings and ready to go."

Trump says when comparing the number of school shootings to the number of schools in America, the vast majority of schools will never experience a mass shooting.

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