In time for the start of the school year, bulletproof backpacks are once again on the racks for back-to-school shopping.
Tampa Bay area Office Depots have stocked a variety of Guard Dog Security bulletproof backpacks, including its newest Scout model. Stores on Missouri Avenue in Clearwater, Dale Mabry Highway and East Adamo Drive in Tampa all have them.
Prices range from $119 to $199 and one model, Proshield II, was “tested and certified against .44 magnum and 9mm,” according to the company’s website.
Five of the 27 active shooter incidents that occurred in the United States last year were in educational environments. According to the Associated Press, there have been 23 mass killings so far this year, compared to the 25 that occurred all of last year.
School starts for all grades on next Monday in Hillsborough, Hernando and Pasco counties and Wednesday in Pinellas County.