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There Are Now Bulletproof Blankets to Protect Kids at School
This post originally appeared on RedbookMag.com.
There are days when I think,That's it, my kid is never leaving the house again—ever. Days like today, when I learn that someone has invented a bulletproof blanket for school kids. It looks like more like a mat, and the idea is that every kid can huddle under one when there's a shooter in his school.
Never mind that the blanket doesn't cover the whole kid (I see you, jeans and T-shirts)—someone will invent one that does. Someone will invent helmets kids can wear all day long, or a way to hologram kids into school so the shooters will be foiled, like in a science fiction movie. Is that crazy? It's all crazy. Because we live in a world where we know exactly what horrific thing could happen to our child in a place where he is supposed to be safe, and we send him there every day anyway.
It makes me sad that whatever thing they invent in three years is the one my son will be trying on for size when he starts kindergarten, since any law to slow down the school shooting epidemic seems less likely than a hologram-filled first grade. I guess I'm glad for the innovators of products like the bulletproof blanket, as long as nobody thinks it's actually solving the real problem.
Sarah Smith is a deputy editor at REDBOOK and the mom of a baby boy. She and her furry circus (husband, baby, dog and cat) live in New York City.
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