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High-school bound students get ballistic shields

08 June 2018

25 plates were also gifted to faculty members, WTXF reports.

Thought students and teachers have sat with the reality of having to own this form of protection, everyone involved, including student Jake Nicosia, hopes these kids never have to wear it anyway.

A class of eighth-graders graduating middle school have been given bulletproof shields as gifts to prepare them for potential mass shootings when they get to high school.

According to their manufacturer, the shields would protect students from handgun and shotgun attacks if the students were shot from behind.

Unequal Technologies gifted the "SafeShield" to 8th grade students graduating from St Cornelius, a school just outside of Philadelphia. It's a gift from company Unequal Technology and its founder Robert Vito, who handed out the shields to students on Monday morning.

While Rosini told CNN affiliate WPVI it's unlikely a shooting will happen at her school, it's still important to protect her students.

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"It'll stop the most powerful handguns in the world", Vito assured. "We will do whatever is in our power to secure our campuses so that you don't have to worry about your children when they are in school".

This past February, seventeen students were shot and killed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida - prompting hundreds of school walkouts across the country and national debates over U.S. gun laws.

But parents and guardians of students told the news outlet that while a bulletproof backpack may be extreme, it's necessary.

"You hear about these school shootings nearly weekly, and I can't believe that's where we are in our nation today, but that's the fact", Dolores Vitale, a great-grandparent who was attending the graduation, told WTXF.

Others, like National Education Association President Lily Eskelsen García, questioned the use of such devices when, instead, people should be talking about how to prevent shootings altogether. "This product can make our kids safer". Schools can also visit the Unequal website and purchase the shields at $99.

High-school bound students get ballistic shields