In wake of the most recent school shootings, ProTecht (an Oklahoma company) has released a new product in which they advertise will protect students from rubble, debris, glass, and even bullets. The Body Blanket is 5/16 inch rectangular, bullet proof product that can protect students in the event of a tragedy on campus.
The idea was originally aimed to protect children without access to shelter during a tornado, especially in Oklahoma. Once the outline was handed over to inventor Steve Schone, he believed it would be best to equip the product with the type of high-density plastic used in ballistic armor. This plastic is said to not only help create a safer alternative for children than laying down with your hands over your head (which never seemed like a good idea to me), but it’s also lighter than most modern-day technology.
One problem: Price is a huge obstacle. At about $1,000 per blanket, most schools can not afford to purchase enough blankets to protect every student in the event of a school shooting.
Another problem: This is really just a security blanket. If the shooter had a 9mm handgun (MAYBE) or an extremely low-power rifle, this could protect them from the bullet. To stop a high-caliber bullet, you would probably be looking at about 3 or 4 of these stacked together.
Another problem: These blankets won’t protect you from someone coming over and yanking it off you or rolling you over.
In my opinion, this is a waste of money. Most schools cannot afford these blankets. I think money well spent would be providing faculty with proper firearms training or getting better security for the schools. Heck, even installing thicker doors would be a cheaper option than purchasing $1,000 vests for every student.
What do you think?