Parents buying body armour for Children!
March 28, 2007 2:14am CST
Can you believe this?" Parent buying protective vests for kids Parents worried by spate of teenage stabbings WORRIED parents are buying protective vests for their children following a string of fatal stabbings in Britain, a local newspaper reports. VestGuard UK, which supplies stab- and bullet-proof vests to government agencies around the world, said it had received more than 100 from parents in London alone, compared with about one or two inquiries from parents across the entire country in previous years, the Daily Mail said. About 60 vests, which cost between £200 ($488) and £425 ($1037) each, have been ordered. The surge in the interest in stab-proof vests follows fatal knifings in Britain, notably those of teenagers Adam Regis, and Kodjo Yenga, both in London in the past two weeks. "They (parents) are concerned by what is happening on the streets - the level of violence," Shaun Ward, VestGuard UK's sales director, was quoted as saying by the Mail. "We have been making really small vests that have a 28-inch (71-centimeter) chest and weigh 800 grams. The children have been mostly boys, but there are a few girls,'' he said."A 13-year-old girl has been our youngest customer but most are about 15 or 16."The vests sold by VestGuard UK are slightly softer and more flexible than comparable versions worn by police, but have been tested extensively and the company claims they can withstand a shot from a crossbow."Adelaide Advertiser, March 28
• United States
29 Mar 07
This makes me very sad. I think it is more dangerous for our children these days, but to have them wear armor seems like it is going a little too far. I think it might end up doing more harm to the children than good. Sure, it is possible that your child might be attacked on the street, but the odds are very good that your child is safe. On the other hand, if you make a child wear armor, then that child might grow up to be very fearful. I think if your child has specifically been threatened and honestly fears for their safety then it is ok. Otherwise, maybe enrolling a child in karate or some other kind of athletic self-defense class might be just as effective.
• United States
28 Mar 07
I guess the world has gotten to this while we turned our heads. I am glad that I homeschool. Much less to worry about. I estimate the in time we all will be wearing these as we work, shop and play since our world is becoming so unstable. It would be wise for me to wear something like this since we have hunters in the area and not all are responsible. People are pretty easy to harm and hunt. Sorry to hear this however it is pretty understandable.
• United States
15 Apr 07
This is really sad to think that children need wear armour for protection. When you think of all the horrible stories that happen in the schools today it makes you want to keep the children home and teach them yourself.
31 Mar 07
It was a very sad thing to hear about what's going on around here. A lot of hideous things are happening that parents are now taking the measures to buy an expensive vests for their children. I have to say this is the first time I heard about this. If I'm in the same situation, I think I will not hesitate to buy those vests for my girls too.