Sadly, the United States has been averaging about 1 school shooting every week since January 1st, 2018. Understandably, parents are concerned for their children and have been debating all forms of potential legislation on the internet. However, no legislation has yet made an impact, leaving individual schools systems and parents to pick up the slack for their own children's safety in the coming fall semester.
Such circumstances have created a void that parents desperately want to fill within the next few weeks before students return to classrooms. Surprisingly, one answer to this dilemma can be found at OfficeMax.
The backpack is the newest element in a sadly prevalent subject that has been sweeping the nation.
"How do I protect my children at school?"
OfficeMax does not specify how to use the backpack but it would seemingly protect a student who's back was turned towards an intruder such as in the case of running or hiding. The backpack has sparked intense debate on Twitter due to the idea that such a product only acts to further the tensions at schools and not actually protect students who could potentially use them. Twitter users bring up the point multiple times that normal school attire does not always include a backpack and while the product is designed to stop bullets, it can only cover the back of one student.
The common question that seems to be presented most throughout the online debate is whether or not the safety of children can really be bought and sold like this backpack and other products similar to it seem to assume. Furthermore, while many people question the morality of these companies and their intentions, these companies claim to have skyrocketing profit margins that only climb steeper after every school shooting.
The following video from AJ+ illustrates quite a few of these points.
If parents started supporting these ideas it may become common to see children with armored vests and other precautionary equipment going in and out of schools across the U.S. It is unfortunate to think that this is a potential future for students and parents alike who fear for their children's safety while going through a system that is supposed to protect them at all costs. It begins to beg the question of when should the schools and government step in and fight these problems.
What do you believe should be the consensus here? How can schools protect their students in more proactive ways?