It's come to this. We've now had so many mass shootings that entrepreneurs see space in the market for a bulletproof blanket, made specifically to shield children from bullets.
The Bodyguard Blanket, made by a company called ProTecht, is a bulletproof 5/16-inch pad, made from the same materials used by our military, except it's for kids.
It's made from the same materials used in military and law enforcement body armour. Instead of having kids put on a vest, though, it puts the material in a form that can be folded up and then unfolded to create a body shelter. It has straps that help hold it in place like a backpack.
The stickler is – bulletproofing is expensive, like seriously; the Bodyguard comes with a price tag just shy of $1,000, though ProTecht hopes to partner with schools and nonprofits to make it more affordable to buy in bulk. Even with a substantial discount, it will likely be out of reach for most schools.
Sadly, this isn't the first time we've seen a bulletproof product for the classroom. Athat doubles as a shield appeared last year. In a better world, no one would even have the impetus to dream up products like these. But that's the sad reality of the world we currently live in.