When your school offers $120 Ballistic Panels to insert into your backpack to stop bullets you know that society is changing. Florida Christian School was mentioned in media articles after offering these panels to families. While the school has not had any shootings it does reflect an increased anxiety among parents – especially in USA. I am not sure whether this response is helping further raise parental anxiety or a way of a school proactively recognising and responding to the fear that is already there. I imagine they are not customised to show the school logo!

Similar panels are also available publicly. For example the kevlar Bullet Blocker  panel weighs only 10oz (less than a can of soda) and comes in a variety of colours. Their website has a testimonial from a grandmother buying one for her school age grandchild.