Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Another Reason To Homeschool - Bulletproof Backpacks

Kids will be going "back to school" soon and many of them may be sporting the new bullet proof backpacks created by two dads in Massachusetts.

Now that is a sorry state of affairs when one has to send their children to school with bullet proof supplies.

The backpacks sell for $175 and the dads claim that since the kids carry their backpacks with them on the bus and during the school day that they will always have something to protect them should the bullets start to fly or should they be attacked with a knife.

With school violence on the rise since the 1999 Columbine shootings (here's a list), the backpacks might be a good thing for kids to have, but it sure is a very sad commentary on the safety of our education environment.

It's the least these kids can have to protect themselves since they aren't allowed to bring anything sharp to school. The question is, what training or protective gear will teachers be allowed to have? And now will their unions be requesting combat pay as well? Will taxpayers have to subsidize these backpacks for children whose families cannot afford them? Why stop at backpacks? Why not have complete SWAT gear for every child as a "school uniform"? Oh, the possibilities are endless.

Yup.. it's a sorry state of affairs, and I sure am glad I homeschool my child.