Bulletproof backpacks seem to be a sign of desperate times. Parents, though, are trying to take all possible measures to ensure their child’s safety at school.

Hardwire company bulletproof backpack shields, on display in their offices. (Photo by Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images)

Sales have shown a strong need in the market for bullet resistant backpacks. According to NBC News, sales have spiked by 300 percent since the most recent El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio shootings. Gun violence is definitely a reality and families are trying to cope as best they can.

Recently, a Tennessee mom’s Facebook post went viral after noticing the bulletproof backpacks at her local Office Max. “Saw this at Office Max today and my heart literally broke into pieces,” she wrote.

Major retailers including Walmart, Office Depot, Home Depot and Bed Bath and Beyond all include the popular product on their shelves. The backpacks range from $99 up to $490. 

It’s a sign of desperate times. Parents are trying to take all possible measures to ensure their child’s safety at school. Some claim it gives a false sense of security since the bags aren’t designed to protect from the impact of an assault rifle, while others believe it makes them feel safer. What do you think?

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