School administrators at Florida Christian School in Miami, Florida, are offering parents the option to buy a bulletproof insert for their backpacks as an additional security measure for those who want to be prepared for the worst.
How does it work?
The non-denominational private school, which serves preschool thru high school students, is offering a thin, binder-sized piece of ballistic armor that can stop bullets from a .44 Magnum and .357 SIG, according to the New York Post. The armor insert weighs less than 1 lb. and costs around $120.
"It's just a tool," said George Gulla, the school's head of security. "I’d rather be prepared for the worst than be stuck after saying ‘Wow, I wish we would’ve done that.’”
Gulla runs active shooter drills with the students, teaching them to hold their backpacks on their chests to protect themselves.
"We want to protect our students’ center mass,” he said.
Although the insert isn't strong enough to protect against rifles, Gulla believes it is still helpful in a worst case scenario.
"We thought, yeah, let’s offer it to anyone who wants it. It’s not required. But if it gives you extra peace of mind...” he told the Miami Herald.
Where are they buying the bulletproof insert?
Alex Cejas, who runs Applied Fiber Concepts, the manufacturer of the armor, also has two children who attend the school. After several conversations with Gulla, he began offering a group order form specifically for parents of students attending the school.
"While books and stuff in your backpack may stop a bullet, they’re not designed to. I wouldn’t bet my life on it," said Cejas.