The “Bulletproof Backpack” bill is on its way to the governor’s desk.
Posted on 5/16/2018 2:10:00 PM.
A bill allowing students at public schools to wear backpacks with bullet proof material in them is on its way to the governor’s desk. The bill was inspired by the tragic deaths of 17 people during the Parkland school shooting. Lafayette Representative Nancy Landry says the backpacks would provide parents and students with peace of mind.
 

“We had students testify in committee that they would feel safer going to school if they had this in their backpack. And parents also feel safer with this level of protection”.

But Baton Rouge Representative Patricia Smith, who voted against the legislation, voiced concerns that students in poorer districts would be unable to afford the same protection allowed to students in more affluent areas.

“Parents who can afford to buy them will buy them, and then it leaves a lot of kids without having the same protection”.

Bulletproofing a backpack can cost anywhere from 50 to 400 dollars. Landry responded by saying that concerned parents in those districts could hold fundraisers aimed at distributing the protection.

“If this became common and children had them, and there were children who couldn’t afford to get them, then the PTA could hold a fundraiser that would allow them to raise funds to allow all the children to get them”.

 
Bulletproof, Backpacks, Patricia Smith, Nancy Landry



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