There’s been yet another school shooting. This time just outside Portland, Oregon.
While some talk about arming teachers or hiring extra security, an Oklahoma dad of two boys has come up with another idea: A blanket that can protect students and save lives.
“We wanted our children to have a layer of protection immediately,” said Steve Walker, M.D., the father of two elementary school students.
In December, 2012, 20 children and six adults were killed at a massacre at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut. Since then, there have been more school shootings at schools at universities.
It took Walker and a team of experienced inventors and ballistics experts a year to design create, test, and now market the blanket.
It’s called the “Bodyguard Blanket.”
It’s made from the same material protecting police officers and soldiers in Afghanistan.
“They can be stored in the classroom and when seconds count, they can be easily applied,” he said.
Kids put them on just like a backpack with head-to-toe defense.
“If it [a bullet] hits you anywhere on the body, it’ll hurt you. But it’s not going to kill you,” managing partner Stan Schone said. “As the students put them on and line up in the hallway, they develop a shield like the Romans and Greeks used to lock together, so it gives them added protection.”
Developers said it’s not just for protection from a deranged gunman.
They believe the “Bodyguard Blanket” can also deflect Mother Nature.
Children can quickly strap on the blanket and shield themselves from flying tornado debris.
“It won’t save every life. We would never say this is better than a tornado shelter,” Walker said. “But we do believe we’ve developed the next best option.”