Pencil case? Check. Trapper Keeper? Check. Bullet (and knife) proof Ballistic Bookbag? Check. Created by Joe Curran and Mike Pelonzi, these backpacks are designed to stop an assortment of bullets, including 9-millimeter hollow points. This bag comes in two versions. At left, the MJBackpack. Like many bags, it comes with a computer sleeve, outside pocket for an MP3 player, and insulated bottle pocket. Inside, it features a lightweight ballistic panel, similar to those worn by police officers, but light enough to keep the bag easy for a child to carry.
A second version of the ballistic bookbag has similar features, but slightly different styling. Each are $175.00. They are both designed to protect the torso from behind while being worn. In case of emergency, kids can also swing the bag in front of them and slide their arms through the shoulder straps, using their bag to shield their chest and stomach from either bullets or a knife, creating a field version of a bulletproof vest. Its scary that we live in a world where Kevlar makes the back-to-school shopping list, but as creators Joe and Mike, both fathers themselves, point out, what is the one thing kids always have with them? Their bookbags. So why not enmesh a potentially life-saving feature into them? And while this may seem over the top to some, consider that there are children in America who drop out of school because it is safer to be uneducated than to cross through gang territory on their way to school. What do you think? Would you consider one of these for your child...or yourself?