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Students from a Pennsylvania middle school are receiving an unusual graduation gift…bulletproof shields.
The shields go inside the backpacks of students, and were donated by the sportswear company Unequal Technologies. The 10x12” plates are meant to prepare students for starting high school because of the rise in school shootings.
The company says while it’s sad to need such a product, they felt it was necessary to answer the call. The shields are about a quarter-inch thick and weigh twenty ounces. They have been shown to resist ammunition of multiple calibers including a twelve gauge shotgun. They also protect against shrapnel and knives.
The company also gave 25 safe shield plates to faculty members. They retail for just under one $150, but schools can purchase them for $99 a piece. The CEO of the company says his daughter attends the school where the shields were handed out, because he was asked by the principal to come up with a product to help keep students safe.
Now his product will compete with others such as bulletproof and clear backpacks.
CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.
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