Still fearing another Sandy Hook shooting, parents are now sending kids to school with bulletproof backpacks and binders.
The $150 ballistic inserts are so popular, some people are giving them away as gifts. Former FBI agent Jim Conway says while these companies may mean well, they're really exploiting a tragedy.
“Really, how viable and how protective is an insert going to be in the backpack of a child?” Conway asks. “Unless that child has some kind of tactical training.”
School security expert Michael Dorn at Safe Havens International likens the insert to police issued bulletproof clipboards.
“Officers were getting shot because instead of trying to react and get out of the way or in their case draw a weapon, they were playing around with a ballistic clipboard,” Dorn tells KTRH News.
Dorn says parents and schools are focused on things like armed teachers and security cameras rather than proven combat tactics which actually save lives.