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Bulletproof backpacks: Peace of mind at a price

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Bulletproof backpacks are a reaction to deadly shootings on school campuses. (KTEN) Bulletproof backpacks are a reaction to deadly shootings on school campuses. (KTEN)
Bulletproof backpacks offer the utility of a traditional backpack with a protective shield. (KTEN) Bulletproof backpacks offer the utility of a traditional backpack with a protective shield. (KTEN)

SHERMAN, Texas -- One of the hottest back-to-school accessories this year may come as a surprise to parents: Bulletproof backpacks.

It is a harsh reality in this era of school shootings.

These hardened backpacks come in child and adult sizes, and they're available at the Office Depot store in Sherman and across the country. The products retail for about $200.

"Peace of mind means a lot to people," said Denison police spokesman Lt. Mike Eppler. "If they feel like they're safer -- and they probably are, I'm sure they are -- it gives them some peace about what they're doing when the child is going to school."

The manufacturer says they've been tested against projectiles from a 9-mm handgun and a .44 Magnum and passed the test with no bullet penetrations.

The backpacks don't, however, provide protection against rifle fire.

"Whenever we get calls to check suspicious people, we have to take precautions as well," Eppler said. "This would be another added level of security; it certainly wouldn't be something to replace anything else."

The backpack manufacturer concedes that it's not a perfect solution, but rather a way for parents and students to take a proactive approach with an extra layer of protection.

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