Graduating 8th grade students were given 10-by-12-inch bulletproof plates for their backpacks at St. Cornelius School in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
The bulletproof plates were donated by Glen Mills-based Unequal Technologies, but the kids didn’t quite know what to do with their “welcome to high school” gifts.
“I never thought I’d need this,” one student told WTXF.
Rob Vito, Unequal’s president, explained the gifts, which were also given to school faculty:
Handguns are useless against a product like this. Shotguns are useless against a product like this.
One great-grandparent opined on Trump’s America in 2018:
You hear about these school shootings almost weekly, and I can’t believe that’s where we are in our nation today, but that’s the fact.
St. Cornelius checks visitors’ driver’s licenses via a computer database for criminal records, and every classroom has an extra deadbolt lock.
Principal Barbara Rosini supports the bulletproof plates for students:
Anything that we can do to protect our children and our staff, that’s what we have– that’s my job, to try to protect them and I try to do the best I can.