The latest addition to back-to-school shopping lists: bulletproof backpacks

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  • Susan Quinton Draper, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 11:37 a.m.

    Loads of countries have guns, knives, vehicles, etc. All except the US try to protect those in need of protection. Instead, we listen to teacher’s unions who demand more pay for increasingly poor outcomes. Tell me how that makes sense for a good education.

  • NeifyT Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 11:27 a.m.

    I just have to say that this is a ridiculous idea on so many levels.

    1. When I was in middle school my backpack was already 30 pounds.. I only weighed 60-75 pounds those years. Add the weight of bullet proofing; that has got to be ridiculous.

    2. What good is bullet proofing on the back. Do most shooters shoot people only in the back?

    3. Are students planning on wearing their backpacks on their front (belly packs)?

    4. School shootings are all the rage these days; but the chances of being shot in school are still so slim; compared to the many other dangers, not the least of which is car accidents; even casualties from plane crashes out-number school shooting casualties.

    5. Adding "protection" doesn't address the root of the problem, which in most cases (not all but certainly most) was the bullying in the first place. Let's stop giving lip service to bullying and actually do something about putting a stop to it.

  • SMcloud Sandy, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 11:11 a.m.

    This is so sad.
    America has very strange priorities.

  • Brave Sir Robin San Diego, CA
    Aug. 15, 2018 9:21 a.m.

    We really should just have our kids roll around in little bulletproof Popemobiles.

    Anything to allow the gun nuts to be able to keep their guns.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 8:44 a.m.

    Only in America.

    Where we love our weapons more than our children . . . .

  • Utah Girl Chronicles Eagle Mountain, UT
    Aug. 15, 2018 7:25 a.m.

    The USA is the only country that sends its kindergartners off to school with bulletproof backpacks. Not that it damages them emotionally or anything.

    Respect those high-powered automatic weapon bullets, boys and girls.