By Pat Toddy
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – It’s the newest way to give parents peace of mind when they’re sending their children off to school post-Sandy Hook: bulletproof school supplies and some people are even giving them as gifts.
Is bulletproof the new normal in school accessories? The company Mighty Mojo thinks so. At the urging of a family member who was traumatized by a school lockdown, the firm developed a bullet-proof insert for backpacks or even binders. Students and parents loved the idea.
“They were excited about being able to defend themselves in situations they might not be able to otherwise,” says Steve Jurak who helped invent the almost $150 LifePlate Shield, which he says underwent rigorous testing.
“Panels are quite effective, it actually catches the bullet, it doesn’t ricochet.”
The San Diego company is getting orders from all over the U.S. including Philadelphia, and something it didn’t expect.
“We’ve actually gift-wrapped it and sent it off to nieces and nephews.”