A bulletproof backpack meant for children has started to gain popularity.
Colombian security firm MC Armor develops bulletproof vests and backpacks for children and has seen a 400% increase in sales in 2018.
Carolina Ballesteros, the U.S. manager for the company, stated, “We’ve gone to schools; we’ve gone to meetings supporting security experts who do training in schools to know exactly what products we need to develop and, after that, we have created not just backpacks but also special vests for children because they don’t have the same physical constitution as adults so they cannot bear the impact the same as an adult.”
The company launched during Colombia’s Civil War, but now, a majority of its customers are overseas. They just sold about 300 bulletproof children’s backpacks in the Denver metro area. 76% of its products were exported in 2016.
“We try to say this in the nicest way possible to the children, and also the parents because it’s a shock to the parents to know that they are sending their children to school and the child must be protected against bullets — they could shoot at him. Just as we do with other risks, we have to deal with this,” Ballesteros explained.