For many families, school supply shopping is one of the best parts of the school year. Fresh notebook pages, shiny new binders, maybe a new lunchbox — and no unfinished homework or unsigned permissions slips in sight. But these days, school isn’t quite the same.
Now, many parents are thinking about more than just getting their kids to the bus stop on time. The five deadliest shootings in modern U.S. history have occurred in the past 10 years. One of them occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School, where 20 children between 6 and 7 years old lost their lives. As a way to ease parents’ minds, one school in Florida has decided to sell bulletproof panels for students’ backpacks. But some people are asking whether that’s enough.