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Nutshellz, Local Company, Makes "Guardian Angel" Bulletproof Inserts for Kids' Backpacks

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Since the tragic elementary school shooting in Connecticut last year, there have been all sorts of heated debates across the country about what we can do to better protect children. In Missouri, much of the conversation has revolved around arming teachers and employees. One High Ridge business, however, has a different approach to the problem -- one that will cost interested parents $500 per child.

Nutshellz LLC, the business behind the shatterproof groin protector, is soon unveiling "Guardian Angel" bulletproof inserts for children's backpacks -- and creator Jeremiah Raber says it will be worth every penny.

"If you have this extra money to protect your kid, you want to know you have the right thing in there," he tells Daily RFT.

See also: Video: A Test of "Nutshellz," the Saint Louis-Invented Groin Protector That Can Take a Bullet

Here's some footage of the so-called Small Arms Protective Insert (SAPI) plates from Nutshellz:

Raber emphasizes that the final product will look a lot nicer and more child-friendly with blue and pink colors and perhaps some sort of design referencing the "guardian angel" monicker.

"I started noticing a trend with a lot of these companies that are making these backpack inserts for kids," he says. "It's kind of screwed up."

That trend, he argues, is that they are not actually bulletproof -- or at least would not protect students from the kinds of weapons that have typically been used in these terrible school massacres.

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Courtesy of Jeremiah Raber

He says that the materials typically put in these kinds of school bags have low ratings by National Institute of Justice standards and could be penetrated with the powerful rifles that shooters like Adam Lanza used.

"I want to tell parents possibly looking at these for their kids, you are putting this lesser material in their backpack, thinking that if some madman goes into the school, you have this peace of mind," he says. "It's not going to stop them."

That's why he decided to create his "Guardian Angels" inserts that he knows will work. He says he's starting to generate hype for the product now on his website and will soon put it on the market.

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Courtesy of Jeremiah Raber

They weigh about two-and-a-half pounds and will cost around $500 given the price of the materials he is using.

"It fits amazingly," he says of the SAPI plates, which are often used by police and military.

He says he has fired ten rounds into the product with his own AR-15 and that the bullets do not penetrate.

Raber says he understands that not every parent can afford this product -- but argues that it could actually make a difference in the case of an armed intruder.

"It gives them a chance to run," he says. "It gives them a guardian angel."

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20 comments
Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Newtown was in the ghetto? Columbine was in the ghetto?

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

take that $500 and move out of the ghetto.

Jay Brandt
Jay Brandt

I'd rather buy a Congressman to vote for reasonable gun control....but the NRA already bought most of them.

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Just home school your kids in the basement shelter and forget about the backpack armor

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

They are isolated incidents. That's why they make national news.

Billy Casagrand
Billy Casagrand

I think we should start by fixing our culture and. by teaching our children about individualism. and how we need to not treat otbers as trash or target people because they come from different backrounds. but we should embrace these things and learn from each other and try to help one another with the skills one may have that another may not be as strong with or posses

Billy Casagrand
Billy Casagrand

no because in most schools children have to put there back pack on a rack they dont wear it all day and they dont protect the head or the front. the idea is in the right place but i dont think they fully thougbt out all aspects when they made the product

Samantha Devereux
Samantha Devereux

So if the kid is shot in the back while wearing the backpack they are good? How often does that happen!? This is just creepy.

Tessa Smith
Tessa Smith

So far, but we are headed right in that direction.

Laurie Catanzaro
Laurie Catanzaro

Won't help if they are sjot from the front or in the head

Rachel Duncan
Rachel Duncan

"If you have the extra money to protect your kid'....sigh at least all the future GOP and Democrat candidates will be safe from harm. School shootings are rare, terrifying, horribly saddening but the odds are in your favor that it won't happen to your kid.

Mary Ann Russum
Mary Ann Russum

I think this is so odd. What the heck are things coming to? Jeez?!!!

brianmantia
brianmantia

Kids could hear gunfire and think to shield themselves with the bag while running away, better to have a chance to run than nothing at all

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