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Sales soar for bulletproof backpacks for kids

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It may sound like overkill, but companies selling bulletproof backpacks and body armor are seeing a surge in sales this week.

One Utah-based company called "Amendment 2" has had so many requests for information about its line of Kevlar-lined backpacks that its website is locking up.

Amendment2.com is one of several companies selling bulletproof clothing that also includes backpacks a school child could use to protect themselves during a school shooting.

Others are BulletBlocker.com and AcmeApproved.com.   Most of the backpacks sell for between $100 and $300. 

Some are reinforced versions of existing backpacks, including Disney Princess packs.

Acme Approved's website even shows the startling image of what appears to be a 12 or 13 year old girl protecting herself from gunfire with her backpack.

Some parents' groups say this is going overboard, adding children would not be able to get to their backpacks in time to protect themselves from a school gunman, especially if the backpack was in their locker.

But other families feel any protection is better than none in our schools right now.

As always, don't waste your money.

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