Jun 13 2014

Ultimate Safety Blanket Claims to Protect Schoolchildren from Bullets and Tornadoes


There has been a wide range of proposed solutions to dealing with violence inside our schools. Ideas range from banning guns completely to arming teachers or hiring police details to patrol the hallways. An Oklahoma company, however, is proposing outfitting schools with bulletproof blankets.

The aptly named Bodyguard Blanket, made by ProTecht, is being specifically marketed an active-shooter protection device, with the company stating that the blanket “provides bullet resistant protection against 90% of all weapons that have been used in school shootings in the United States.” The logo is a stick figure curled up on the hands and needs under an orange shield. The image – and that of the children wearing the device – is eerily similar to the duck and cover campaigns of the Cold War, in which children were taught to hide under their desks in the event of a nuclear attack. However, inventor Stan Schone claims “Instead of bending over and hoping for the best, [children] are afforded an extra layer of protection.” As a bonus, the blanket also offers protection from “tornado projectiles.”

The Bodyguard Blanket logo.

The Bodyguard Blanket logo.

A training video for the product (below) warns how just “an ordinary day” can turn deadly when interrupted by “crazed gunmen…prepared to kill our children” – unless, of course, you have the Bodyguard Blanket.

The blanket is made out of a 5/16-inch thick material called Dyneema – an orange high-density plastic used for ballistic armor. The material is lighter than Kevlar and boasts protection from bullets, falling rubble, and other projectiles such as nails or shrapnel. Each blanket it outfitted with two straps that allow it to be worn like a backpack, and they come in a variety of sizes for adults and children. The blanket’s creators, who state they were inspired by the Oklahoma tornadoes and by Sandy Hook, suggest it is not only safe, but economical – at $1,000 a piece.

Not only do they suggest that the Bodyguard Blanket be a part of every school’s lockdown protocols and tornado drills, but also that the product be available at every mall, sporting event, home, and workplace in order to reduce injuries from bad weather and violence. They argue that the Bodyguard Blanket may be children’s only chance for survival.

The company does not offer any warranties or guarantees of effectiveness, but report that the blanket recently passed a National Institute of Justice Class 3A test against .22 and 9mm caliber bullets, as well as 12-gauge buckshot. Critics of the blanket argue that covering children in bright orange gear during an active shooter situation may make them targets.

Similar companies are also offering bulletproof backpacks and iPad cases.

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