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Bulletproof backpack sales spike in wake of shootings

August 13, 2019 06:39 PM

(NBC News) As families get ready to start the school year, many are facing a difficult decision: Do kids need to carry a bullet-proof shield as they head back to class?

Manufacturers are reporting a spike in sales, as much as 200 percent, as kids head back to school.

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They also admit while the backpacks may offer some protection, there effectiveness is limited.

Psychologists warn the bags can carry a mixed message.

"The plus side of handing your child a bulletproof backpack is in some way you're conveying to them implicitly that you want them to feel safe," says Dr. Dave Anderson of the Child Mind Institute.  "As a downside, is that we're reminding children of dangers of the world that they wouldn't otherwise come into contact with, especially for young kids, elementary schoolers."

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