A Miami private school is offering students bullet-resistant panels for their backpacks at the price of $120.
The Miami Herald
reports Florida Christian School
, a nondenominational institution going from preschool to high school, offers parents the option of buying ballistic armor weighing less than a pound to stick in their children's backpacks to hopefully protect them during a mass shooting. The school has never had a shooting incident. The black bulletproof insert is supposed to stop bullets like a .44 Magnum and a .357 SIG but not rifle bullets.
"I’d rather be prepared for the worst than be stuck after saying 'Wow, I wish we would’ve done that,'" George Gulla, the school’s head of security, told the Herald
. "It’s not required. But if it gives you extra peace of mind..."
reports the school has a partnership for the panels with Hialeah-based Applied Fiber Concepts, a body-armor company owned by Alex Cejas, who has two children enrolled at the school. The school has also implemented several other security measures, including "sound-enabled surveillance cameras, uniformed security guards patrolling campus and active shooter drills," according to the Herald
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