Backpacks capable of turning away a bullet are the latest in back-to-school fashions, according to the Boston Herald. Boston area fathers Mike Pelonzi, 43, and Joe Curran, 42, devised the carryall to protect their own children after the 1999 high school massacre in Colorado. The backpacks, which will cost $175, have a super-lightweight bullet-proof plate sewn into the back which weighs no more than a bottle of water.
The plate meets National Institute of Justice safety standards, said Pelonzi, and during a three-year testing phase, stood up to bullets as well as machete, hatchet and combat knife attacks. “We have tested and tested this product and we are very excited about it,” said Pelonzi. “We researched every school shooting since 1900 and found that our product is resistant to 97 percent of all bullets used.” .