Reality star Kim Zolciak-Bermann, a mother of six, including four youngsters, wants to protect them from today’s sad reality: the threat of being shot at school.
The “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star announced Thursday on Instagram that she bought her youngest kids a bulletproof backpack, posting a photo of it for her 2.7 million followers.
“I just asked [her husband] Kroy what can we do as parents to protect our children everyday in this crazy sad world. He said, ‘best thing we could do for now is get bullet proof book bags’ you know I just did!” wrote Zolciak-Bermann. “It’s better than not having anything at all. Just thought I would share with you guys. I just found this first on Amazon so I bought it. It’s certified.”
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By Friday, the post had nearly 35,000 likes and elicited nearly 3,000 comments.
“Schools need to supply these to every single one of their students,” commenter Carey Danielss said. “Even if they have to get rid of some of the unnecessary electronics they waste money on.”
In the wake of the mass shooting Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, this purchase may not be such a bad idea.
“Buy with confidence, the ProShield 2 is officially tested and certified by the National Institute of Justice for bulletproof protection and comes with certification of testing and lab results,” its description reads: “Measuring 19 inches in height, this bulletproof backpack is ideal for youth, college students, travelers and professionals alike. Protected with lightweight armor, the backpack weighs only ounces more than a non-protected backpack.”
Massachusetts-based Bullet Blocker — which sells similar sacks — has seen a 30 percent surge in sales since Wednesday, according to TMZ. The company sold 500 of the Kevlar lined backpacks the following day, owner Joe Curran told the site, adding that the majority of the shoppers were from Florida.
Curran is a former U.S. Army ranger, sheriff’s deputy and firearms instructor.
Bullet Blocker says its backpacks ($225-$490) can stop .357 and .44 Magnum rounds, 9 mm bullets and .45-caliber hollow-point ammo and more.