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Eighth Graders Receive Bulletproof Shields Before Starting High School

“The bulletproof shields are small enough to fit into students’ backpacks.”

Danielle Germain

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The students attending St. Cornelius Catholic School in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania were given ballistic shields to place in their backpacks, as protection. The class of eight-graders graduating middle school have been given bulletproof shields as gifts to prepare them for potential mass shootings.

The manufacturer of the shields said they would be able to withhold shots fired from handguns or shotgun attacks, if a student is hit from behind. If the shield is placed in front of the student, it could protect the front of their body as well.

The students received these unique gifts from Unequal Technologies, a local sportswear company which carries the shields. The company’s CEO, Robert Vito, has a daughter who attends the school.

Vito reported to the press “It’s sad the times have called for such a product to be invented, but we have answered the call.” The bulletproof plates are 10 by 12 inches large, and a quarter-inch think, weighing about 1.19 lbs. Each one goes for $150.

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 US gun laws. There have been more than 20 school shooting in the US since 2018 began, the latest in Santa Fe, Texas, just last month. Our prayers are still with the victims, and their families.

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Danielle Germain (she/her/hers) is originally from Long Island, New York. She is a rising junior at The American University, majoring in Broadcast Journalism, and minoring in Political Science. She partakes in various activities on campus. Danielle is a Teacher's Assistant, the Vice President of Programming for Caribbean Circle, The Social Media Director and Web Manager for The Blackprint, Programming Coordinator for Founder's Week Committee, Senior Communications Strategist for AUSG Center for Advocacy and Student Equity or CASE, Secretary of the Junior Class Council and a Club Consultant for American University Club Council. After learning more about herself freshman year, Danielle became deeply interested in pushing diversity and inclusion forward. Since then, Danielle has started The Purpose, a bible study for students of color at AU. By creating a safe space on campus, she hopes that the voices of those who feel underrepresented are heard and also valued. In her free time, Danielle enjoys going to brunch and watching Gossip Girl. This past summer, Danielle served as the Corporate Communications Intern for Macy's Inc. Danielle has a passion for politics and a love for writing, and one day hopes to become a political commentator for CNN. She can be reached at dg0060a@student.american.edu.

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