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Searches for Kevlar school backpacks surge after Uvalde mass shooting

Eve Edwards May 25, 2022
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Interest in bulletproof Kevlar backpacks has rocketed amid the tragic news surrounding the mass shooting at the elementary school in Uvalde, Texas.

A deadly shooting took place at the elementary school on 24 May 2022, with an 18-year-old gunman taking the lives of 19 children and two adults.

After such a tragedy, it is understandable internet searches for Kevlar backpacks has surged.

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Searches for Kevlar school backpacks surge

Internet searches for Kevlar backpacks have surged as interest in securing safety gear for schoolchildren becomes a focus.

In the US, search terms such as ‘Kevlar backpack kids’ and ‘Kevlar backpack school’ became popular after the shooting on 24 May 2022. Search terms such as ‘bulletproof backpack for kids’ also saw a dramatic increase in the wake of the shooting at Robb Elementary School.

The search trend is a tragically common one after events such as school shootings, as was seen in previous years. In August 2019, The Guardian reported bulletproof backpacks saw a 300 per cent spike in sales the week after mass shootings.

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The effectiveness of Kevlar backpacks explained

Kevlar is the strongest known material due to its molecular structure. The polyarylamide plastic fabric has a high tensile strength that makes it effective against many types of bullet. This is because it takes a significant amount of energy to stretch the fabric, meaning some bullets aren’t powerful enough to pass through the material.

Bulletproof backpacks are designed with inserts made of bulletproof fabrics, called ‘ballistic shields’, which transform a backpack into a protective shield.

A number of companies design and retail bulletproof backpacks including Bullet Blocker, TuffyPacks, and Guard Dog Security. Retailers such as TuffyPacks design the bags but also sell ballistic shield inserts separately, which means you can keep your current bag but upgrade its security.

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How much do bulletproof backpacks cost?

You may not be surprised to discover a bulletproof backpack doesn’t come cheap.

TuffyPacks offers a range of bulletproof backpacks that cost between $137 and $297. Its ‘Big Student Backpack‘ currently retails at $159, discounted from $199. The ballistic shield inserts cost $119.

The Focus sends its thoughts and prayers to the families affected by the Uvalde shooting.

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