This tweet from the @PoliticalLine account tells a harrowing tale of four shooting incidents in the United states over a five-day period, including the most recent one, at an Oregon high school:
The shooting at Reynolds High School just outside Portland, Oregon, was the 74th school shooting since the tragic death of 20 children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012.
The prevalence of school shootings prompted one company, ProTecht, to take action. It has unveiled the Bodyguard Blanket, an orange, bulletproof pad with which children can cover themselves if an armed attacker comes into their school. (The company says the blankets can also be used to protect kids from debris from tornadoes, which is why they’re orange, making them easier for first responders to see.)
In a Tuesday post about the blankets, Jezebel characterized the company’s efforts as profiteering
. Here’s what writer Madeline Davies said about them:
It's entirely understandable that a parent would want to protect their children from tornadoes and mass violence, but there are better ways to do that than by buying a $1,000 Bodyguard Blanket. Instead, let's increase school budgets so administrations can afford adequate natural disaster shelter for their students and ban all guns. Treat the disease, not the symptom.
Commenters on Facebook
seem to have mixed opinions. One, Michael Koruniak, simply wrote, “It's hard to imagine a society where an industry like this can flourish.”
Others said they believe the blankets are a necessary for child safety, while still others offer suggestions for making the blankets more effective. One said they should have flaps on the sides that kids could pull down.
What’s your take, PR Daily
readers? Is the Bodyguard Blanket a beneficial protective measure, or is ProTecht simply trying to profit off tragedy?