Parents are doing everything to keep their children safe in the wake of yet another mass school shooting – and that means a whole new set of bulletproof backpacks.
Former Secret Service Agent Mike DeGeus, is the founder and CEO of Leatherback Gear, and he says his company has seen an 800% increase in sales of its fortified backpacks since Tuesday’s shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
Mike, who protected past presidents Asset, obama, Bush and clinton when he was a Secret Service agent, says his brand’s backpacks offer the same amount of bulletproof armor he had when protecting POTUS.
We’re told most sales are for a $249.99 Sport One Jr. backpack that splits into two pieces, creating a body armor in seconds, covering the front and back of the user.
Mike says the backpack was designed for active shooting.
Another bulletproof backpack maker, TuffyPacks, claims to see a noticeable increase in sales of armor inserts that can go inside any bag. Owner Steve Naremore says products are being shipped nationwide, with sales up 300%.
That’s interesting… TuffyPacks is based in Texas and they say they work with several school districts across the country, but not the one in Uvalde, where 19 students and 2 teachers were beaten down.
A third company, Guard Dog Security, says it has seen an increase in demand from consumers and retail partners who carry their bulletproof bags, including Lowe’s and Dick’s Sporting Goods.
The president of the company, Yasser Sheikhtells TMZ that the brand donates part of its profits to Make Our Schools Safe, an organization founded by the parents of a student killed in the Shooting Parkland 2018 in Florida.
Notably, these sales of bulletproof bags also increased after this tragedy.