Middle School Takes Extreme, Controversial Measure in Protecting Kids on Campus

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June 05, 2018Jun 05, 2018

As a graduation present from a Pennsylvania middle school, an entire graduating class of eighth graders received bulletproof backpacks, donated to them by a local company.

According to The Hill, students at St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania received the backpacks for use when they move on to high school.

The backpacks, provided by Unequal Technologies, were outfitted with “ballistic shields,” according to Fox 29. They carry an ultra-thin design with a 10-by-12-inch plate that can slip into the backpack.

The students weren’t the only ones who received them. Twenty-five faculty members received the backpacks as well.

“You hear about these school shootings almost weekly, and I can’t believe that’s where we are in our nation today, but that’s the fact,” said a great-grandparent to one of the students.

One student shared, “I never thought I’d need this.”

Though extreme, the middle school is not alone in experimenting with alternative, or drastic, measures to protect kids. Texas governor Greg Abbott revealed his proposal to help protect students by providing funding for firearms training for school officials.

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