Bulletproof Backpacks: In Case Your Kid’s Classmate Is Packing

It’s mid-August, which means back-to-school day is just around the corner.  And that in turn means it’s time to start shopping for school supplies: rulers and notebooks and pens and lunch boxes and calculators and computers and school clothes and … bulletproof backpacks???

“We’re just trying to give kids a defensive tool to use in case something does happen,” Curran said of the backpacks, which sell for $175 US. …

Since they started selling online last week, they’ve sold out of their initial stock of several hundred backpacks and are now ordering a new shipment from Massachusetts.

Methinks this calls for a limerick:

Bulletproof Backpacks: In Case Your Kid’s Classmate Is Packing
By Madeleine Begun Kane

Selling bulletproof backpacks?  How sad!
Could the safety of schools be so bad,
That parents must buy
Such an item? Oh my!
Are they needed, or just a mad fad?

(You can find more of my school and education humor here.)

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6 Responses to “Bulletproof Backpacks: In Case Your Kid’s Classmate Is Packing”

  1. Paul says:

    In my day we just carried a sack
    With a sandwich (baloney and jack)
    Maybe cake for a treat,
    Since we weren’t packin’ heat
    We had no need to cover our back.

  2. Sandier Pastures says:

    […] Do we really need this in our society right now? Madeleine Begun Kane writes about Bulletproff Backpacks: In Case Your Kids Classmate is Packing at Mad Kane’s Humor Blog. The initial stock of several hundred backpacks has been sold out. One backpack costs US$175. Would you buy? […]

  3. madkane says:

    Thanks for posting your limerick, Paul!

  4. How sad. I had the Charlie’s Angels lunchbox and no backpack as I recall and I felt completely safe…great limerick!

  5. mark555 says:

    Considering where i live(Philly) has the highest of murder rate, a man just got shot to death around the corner, stabbed to death across the street, an old lady attacked by a crackhead for money, yes. I’m getting one today. Its all relative to where you live. And for some place, it is not a joke.

  6. Tracy says:

    With the recent school shootings (2 seperate schools in the last week) I think those guys at MJ SafetySolutions are on the right track with the My Child’s Pack bulletproof backpack. I didn’t realy think about it too much, but now I am changing my thinking. I hate to think about my kids having to have a bullet resistant shield, but it in this world, I think giving them some piece of mind, might be worth it.