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Bulletproof Backpacks: Parental Fear or Legitimate Safety?

I was watching ABC’s ‘Nightline’ Wednesday evening and they did a segment on bulletproof clothing and backpacks for children. I have to say, coming from England, where the police didn’t even carry guns when I was growing up, this came as a bit of a shock.

Does this seem like a precaution we should be taking? Isn’t this the acceptance of gun violence? I think we’ve lost sight of the real issue here, which is combatting gun violence. I totally understand parents being nervous in light of recent tragic events like Aurora and Sandy Hook and we should absolutely take precautions but this just doesn’t seem like the right direction.

Are we over-preparing our children? I worry that we’re breeding insecurity and I don’t think a 4-year-old should be burdened with such a heavy issue. I think before taking such a drastic measure we need to study the long-term effects, like anxiety.

It’s definitely a different world and we need to keep our kids safe but we also need to be careful not to rob children of their childhood.

My heart and deepest sympathies go out to all the victims and their families of these horrendous acts of violence.

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Winifred M. Reilly, M.A., MFT

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