A self-described “redneck inventor from Oklahoma” has created a reinforced blanket to protect children from the increasingly common threat of school shootings.
Stan Schone, along with three other men, created the BodyGuard, a product of the ProTecht LLC that sells for about $1,000. He said one of his friends “had this idea to protect his two young boys in school … and he asked if I could make it a reality,” he told the International Business Times. The idea apparently came after the tragic Sandy Hook shooting.
The bright-orange, bullet-resistant blanket is similar to materials commonly used in military and police body armor while being conveniently being able to be “folded up and then unfolded to create a body shelter. It has straps that help hold it in place like a backpack,” reported CNET.
The BodyGuard website also says that the blanket is able to withstand damage from falling debris should school children be trapped in school during a natural disaster, such as a tornado.
The website has a video of the blanket in ballistic testing and goes on to explain that the product will “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.”
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Schone said he has high hopes in the success of his invention and said while he three partners all have day jobs, the BodyGuard blanket is his “24-hour a day job.”