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This is how bad it is: Parents are buying bulletproof backpacks for their kids.

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Should you buy a ‘bulletproof backpack’ for kids? We tested their performance

, North Jersey Record

Hawthorne Police Sgt. James W. Geier raised the muzzle of his Benelli M2 Tactical shotgun. He took a half-step forward, leaning into the big 12-gauge as he pressed its butt tightly against his right shoulder.

Then he squeezed the trigger, sending nine steel pellets at 1,325 feet per second toward a black backpack.

In North Jersey and across the nation, millions of children return to the classroom this week. And some will be equipped with a grim piece of back-to-school gear: bullet resistant backpacks.

All the focus on school safety, in the wake of multiple school shootings nationwide, left us at and the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey asking: Do bullet resistant backpacks actually work?

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