Bulletproof Backpack Sales Rise After Newtown Tragedy

BY: - 24 Dec '12 | On the Web

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Following the tragic events that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT last week, discussions of gun control and mental health have been on the rise. Additionally, parents are looking to make sure their kids are safe in school. One solution that has gained controversial attention: bulletproof backpacks.

Two companies, BulletBlocker and Amendment II, have seen a heavy increase in demand for bulletproof backpacks for children in the past week. Amendment II, who primarily makes armor for the military, just started manufacturing backpacks six months ago, but went from selling 15 to 20 backpacks a week to 50 to 100 per day in the past week.

Unable to keep up with the fast pace of orders, Amendment II posted a message indicating so on its website as well as informing its audience that it will donate a portion of its sales to the families of Sandy Hook victims.

“We never wanted to be in the spotlight for kids’ body armor,” Amendment II co-owner and sales director, Derek Williams, said. “There’s a criticism that we’re capitalizing on the tragedy. That isn’t true.”

However, people like Kenneth Trump, a school security consultant, believe that sales like these distract parents from concerns such as an up-to-date safety plan in school and how trained teachers are. He points out that students don’t carry their backpacks for most of the day.

Read the complete article on the Washington Post.

BMWK– What are your thoughts on bulletproof backpacks? Are they worth the investment or are companies profiting off of parents’ fear?

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Good or Bad: Philadelphia High Schools Install Condom Dispensers

BY: - 27 Dec '12 | Home

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Sexual education is not new to high school campuses. From curriculum in class involving sexual health, to screenings for sexual transmitted diseases, high school students are being exposed to the consequences of having unprotected sex. In September, we learned at the pilot program at several New York public schools, in which they gave the morning after pill to students in schools with high teenage pregnancy rates. Now Philadelphia schools are taking action to the STD “epidemic” among their high school students, by installing condom dispensers on 22 school campuses.

Over the past 5 years, 5% of the 130,000 students who attend Philadelphia public schools have contracted an STD, including HIV. It’s also been reported that in Philadelphia, teens make up 25% of new HIV infections. This has alarmed many parents and education officials, who decided that providing better access to contraceptives to students as young as 14. Parents were notified of the program in October, and were able to opt their child out of accessing the machines.

While Philly isn’t the first city to make condoms available, it is in a small percentage of schools who distribute them in “vending machines”. Many parents feel as though providing prophylactics encourages teen sex, while other adults believe students are going to engage in sex regardless of if protection is easily accessible or not.

“Discussion about whether or not they should be sexually active is an appropriate discussion, but if they are, then we need to make sure they’re engaged in safe sexual practices,” said Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.

 

BMWK – What are your thoughts?  Is this a good idea or does it encourage kids to have sex before they are ready?

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