Company Creates A Bodyguard Blanket To Protect Students From School Shootings

Todd-Spence by Todd-Spence on Jun. 09, 2014

Welp, we've finally reached the tipping point.  If lunatics are still able to buy guns willy-nilly, this product may interest you.  Unless you're the lunatic or someone living in a cave, loving life with a great wifi signal.

From the company ProTecht comes the Bodyguard Blanket. A protective shield for both children and adults, ranging from a size small to a size large, that not only can save you from gunfire, but possible tornado debris moving as quickly as 200 MPH as well.  ProTecht is located in Oklahoma so it's no wonder they are keeping tornado alley folks in mind too.

ProTecht's site gives us some information on how the blanket works: "The blanket is composed of two advanced ballistic materials that provide a level of protection consistent with the Level llla, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) standard. This standard is commonly used for law enforcement body armor in the United States of America. Recognition and acceptance of the NIJ standard has grown worldwide, making it the performance benchmark for ballistic-resistant body armor. Not only does the Bodyguard™ blanket prevent penetration of many caliber ammunitions, it also absorbs the bullet’s energy to a significant degree, thereby lessening blunt force trauma incurred on the body."

If you're curious how this sucker holds up under real gunfire, see for yourself below!

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Unfortunately each blanket's cost is close to $1000 which means it'll probably be out of reach for a lot of school districts to afford, so that's fun!  Apparently the company is trying to partner with schools and non-profit organizations to make the blankets more affordable so maybe that will help the cause.  At least someone is trying to make a difference.

To find out more about the Bodyguard Blanket, or even donate to the cause, click HERE.

UPDATED: Also if you're genuinely interested in safety (especially in the classroom), check out these classroom lockdown devices

@Todd_Spence

source: CNet

103 comments
Mark Bonenfant
Mark Bonenfant

If you're stuck under a pile of school lockers after a tornado, you want bright reflective orange. If you're fleeing a crazed gunman, even bright orange kevlar is better than SFA.

James Savik
James Savik

Here's an idea: don't honk off anybody bad enough to shoot your ass.

David Coley
David Coley

They should just use a paper bag over their heads with Gun Free Zone's posted on each.

Mike Turner
Mike Turner

wth do they need a bodyguard blanket for? IED's going off outside the school, or something? Good initiative, bad judgement.

Jamie Shannon
Jamie Shannon

I thought this was a Saturday night live spoof ad.. let's create bulletproof wearable blankets for our kids instead of implementing proper gun control laws. Wow and wow.. I am losing faith in our society

Jason Lyons
Jason Lyons

Seriously? Ban and remove ALL handguns except for police. Remove any type of assault rifles from being sold and make them illegal with huge penalties. I'm fine with a hunter and his long rifles but when are people going to learn? No guns = no shootings

Roman Ortiz
Roman Ortiz

Only stupid people will invest in that mat. Someone can still push them or even rip mat off. That mat won't prevent shit.

Sef Coriz
Sef Coriz

How bout your kid just not go to the school that has em

BillyBob308
BillyBob308 User

What's to keep a nut job from walking up to a kid, lifting the blanket and shooting the kid. Now said bad guy has a bullet proof blanket to wear.......BANG.....2 blankets.......BANG......3 blankets...

Jay Garrick
Jay Garrick

I'll just say this.... I'm glad I am not in school anymore...

Jim Shaloom
Jim Shaloom

Its called population control....Obama is responsible for this and those orange things are made out of paper and tang!!! hahaahaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!! who really cares !!!!! drop them kids off in Juarez mexico

Henry Williams
Henry Williams

Pointless. A shooter isn't going to wait for you to retrieve your blanket from wherevere it us stored before he starts shooting. In most incidents like that, the shooting is over with within the first 30-60 seconds.

Walter Rowe
Walter Rowe

i think they are a good idea but at the same time very sad that we have to go through these types of measures now. it was never like this way back.

Evan Watty
Evan Watty

Shooters will gladly accept the challenge of showing why these things are pointless. Bulletproof glass in the doors, trained and armed staff, stricter entry policy

Stephenie Peralta
Stephenie Peralta

I like the idea but it needs to be bigger there are so many spots that could still get the kids shot pretty badly or even killed especially how they are teaching them hide it's open free zone on the sides to almost and all important organs

Valeasaz
Valeasaz User

After Sandy Hook, I gave presentations to no less than 2 dozen different school districts around the country talking about how simple things like internal locks on classroom doors could help save lives. NOT A SINGLE SCHOOL, save one, has made any of my recommended changes. 

Valeasaz
Valeasaz User

Hey, I have a great idea for an item that we can sell to schools to protect kids in classrooms from mass murderers... it's called LOCKS ON THE GODDAMN CLASSROOM DOORS!!!

Oscar Oscar Rivera
Oscar Oscar Rivera

why not employ a trained armed security officer I am pretty sure they find an ex Marine or Army veteran looking for work anywhere.

Fred Hill
Fred Hill

9mm 1450' per second, AR15 2239' to 3300+ per second. Save your money.

Tom Gaither
Tom Gaither

I don't think this blanket will help much when there's a bowling ball moving at 200 mph. The humor of the claim aside. Any school that spends $1000 for this could gain far more from better disaster preparedness. Let's face it, this is designed for school shootings. You can say it's for tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, but the thing about vortexes is that they move circles, not down and around and through hallways, and if there is enough wind strength to be sending debris flying around the child this will become a wind sail for the child, it won't be nearly as useful then. Maybe if it was designed to be load-bearing in any way I would say it had any usefulness in an earthquake but alas earthquakes rarely send things flying at more than 200 mph unless that direction is down and the object in question is in freefall. Back to my original point, these are for shootings, and at the price of $1000 per unit, if you really want to get your money's worth for your child's safety, statistically speaking, buy the child a helmet to keep at school (it will save their life more often in any disaster) and spend the rest of the money on stricter school entry policies.

Bryce Stull
Bryce Stull

Let's keep creating a generation of victims.

Matt Bowers
Matt Bowers

This is such a bad idea it must be satire

Austin Krusko
Austin Krusko

It doesn't even cover half the body. So a shooter comes and you're supposed to turn your back? Then it takes him 2 seconds to go around to the other side and shoot you square in he chest. This is a a joke.

Erick Escolero
Erick Escolero

XD yeah because that thing will stop a tornado from obliterating your shit.

Carol Hampton
Carol Hampton

Sounds like a great idea. But, if schools aren't going to allow armed teachers, they can pay for them. They could save money if they would allow trained teachers with conceal carry permits carry on school grounds. They could then negate the need for bullet proof blankets.

Robert Tovar
Robert Tovar

I wonder if door lock at school are Shotgun proof? Just a thought.

Robert Tovar
Robert Tovar

Campers! This doesn't protect them from poison gas containers and grenades for...less lethal "tear gas" on the accident in Colorado, Aurora shooting "dark knight rises cinema attack"

bogtrotter
bogtrotter User

Typical fix the aftermath, why not fix the problem and not the affect the problem creates.ie, don't give people guns, that are nuts

Bart Goris
Bart Goris

I like the fact that it's bright orange. As if they are going hunting in the woods and don't want to get shot by accident... ofcourse, in a school it's just a big target.

Kyle Meissner
Kyle Meissner

How about when the shooter has these as well? Harder to take them down. Catch-22 if ever there was one :)

Valeasaz
Valeasaz User

After Sandy Hook, I gave presentations to no less than 2 dozen different school districts around the country talking about how simple things like internal locks on classroom doors could help save lives. NOT A SINGLE SCHOOL, save one, has made any of my recommended changes.