Will a Bullet Proof Blanket Protect Your Child During a School Shooting?

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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?


9 thoughts on “Will a Bullet Proof Blanket Protect Your Child During a School Shooting?

  1. If a school district adopted this, it would be the craziest thing I have heard in a few days (waste of money on an ineffective item). Kudos to the designers, though, for making something new and bringing it to market!

  2. “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.”

    In my opinion, these words from you quoted above are right on the money. Kudos to the company for making these, but at a grand a pop, they aren’t viable for schools and families. I fully agree with you about firearms training for teachers, and yes, let them carry. The only place you’re going to run into a problem with that is that teachers as a whole (although not all) tend to be liberal in their political views and would probably opt out of undergoing firearms training.

    I’m tweeting this and posting it to Facebook. Thanks, Tina, for a well-thought overview of these blankets.

    • That’s an excellent point. My mom works as an administrative assistant at a school and has plenty of stories to tell me about her liberal co-workers and how they feel about campus carry. All the more reason it should be mandatory training. If they choose not to carry at school or do not want to ever use a gun after that, then fine. That’s on them. But at least the school can come back and say that they paid for proper training and it was the teacher’s decision not to make use of it. It goes hand in hand with what I say in a lot of my posts. Most liberals against guns have never actually shot one. That’s one of my favorite questions to ask them, followed by “ok, well if you’ve never shot one you don’t understand them. If you don’t understand how something works, how can you be for or against it?” I usually get a more emotional response at that point than a logical one, but my point still stands 😉

      I really appreciate the shares by the way!

  3. If you have a few moments, go on to youtube.com or other source and look up Richard Davis, the President of Second Chance Body Armor, Inc., because he used to shoot himself. With a .357 Magnum, there were some contusions and he felt pain. A child without full coverage and, trauma plates, is no match for any firearm or in particular a shotgun or rifle trauma. Also, those red blankets will do absolutely nothing from a ricocheting projectile moving between 13 degrees to 17 degrees off of any plane or level surface, considering also 2,200 feet per second and enough foot pounds of energy as a major league baseball player swinging a bat. Those red blankets endanger children greater with false sense of security and sets the little ones up to be systematically slaughtered.

      • OK. The Part-II, will also be good. 😉
        I speak from experience. I knew of Richard Davis from the early 1990s and he is a real honest man. His son runs the company today. Look up ballistic gelatin tests. Ballistic energy of projectiles from different cartridges and calibers. Range/Distance, as usually about 21 feet or less, are the standard distances. War is generally longer ranges unless getting into closer proximity but, street combat is short distanced. Energy of projectiles against little children. Ricocheting retains a bulk of energy unless the projectiles are hollow points that generally tend, to dump more energy and FMJ or Semi-Jacketed or even lead, retains much more energy. Many factors a few will be textbook perfect. Then trauma plate configurations if, utilized. Metal, ballistic ceramic, etc. Also what does FBI or NIJ list as the weapons used in some of the shootings against ballistic data and bullet resistant materials.
        I will be looking forward to a second post. (Hey, what else are old guys here for?)

    • Excellent point, Brittius. Even people who have taken a bullet while wearing a Kevlar vest have been left with sometimes massive bruising and soreness, depending on the round they were hit with. And Kevlar, as well as this blanket, won’t save your life against all rounds, as I think Tina mentioned in her article – not unless there are multiple layers.

      • Not only multiple layers of bullet resistant materials, another dynamic is blunt trauma. I have seen more gunshot victims on the streets than I can remember, and overseas, I was a machine gunner in an infantry company and saw my handiwork. Blunt trauma, during controlled testing conditions, is measured by backface deformation of usually clay substances.
        Now, examining a handgun deformation signature, and it could range within one inch, to three inches. Shotguns will cause substantial deformation signatures beginning at four inches. Rifles depending upon A) caliber, and B) cartridge case powder capacity, will leave anywhere averaging two inches (.17 cal; .22LR cal) to six or more inches on .338 Win, etc.; But, a factor of single round fired and not multiple hits. Therefore, the operator of a firearm, regardless of mechanism (e.g.- bolt, semi-auto, lever, etc.) discharges more that one single round, any given area will increase in deformation signature if more than one projectile strikes the same spot.
        OK, let’s look at human anatomy as general overview. Many parts of our bodies, can be measured and determined by other parts of ourselves, such as finger length. Any person, if stabbed with a knife blade measuring on the index finger from the knuckle to fingertip, can, have visceral organs pierced and result in death. With that consideration, we observe a child. Their fingers are not that long. A backface deformation signature of two inches, can yield sufficient trauma, to damage visceral organs and cause death of the child. Considering that children are not densely muscled, and bone tissue is somewhat softer than adult bone tissue, and the child has not, any means to sustain impact trauma. Not much difference if the child were struck by a baseball bat swing. Very bad results.
        All schools, from pre-K, through post graduate universities, should have either armed educators or, and possibly in conjunction with, trained security personnel armed with firearms. Why? Because something much more precious than diamonds, is being trusted to the hands of the schools. If there are any doubts, I speak as a grandfather (first and foremost), as a former US Marine and Vietnam combat veteran, and as a retired Detective Sergeant. School shooters must be dealt with forthwith, and remember this, everybody, in the Marines, it is taught, that ONLY THE HITS COUNT. Anything else, is folly.

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