PHOTOS: Bulletproof Fashion — for Kids

Welcome to the post-Newtown world. Elite Sterling Security LLC of Aurora, Colo., is marketing a new line of body armor including backpacks and clothing made specifically for schoolchildren.

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Less than a month after 20 children and six adults were killed in a shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Miguel Caballero, designer of bullet-resistant fashion, announced a new line of clothing for children. And now, the grade school body armor has arrived. This week, as a company called Elite Sterling Security LLC launched as the exclusive U.S. distributor for Cabellero’s Colombian-made personal ballistic protection products, Reuters photographed adult and child models showing off the company’s bulletproof backpacks, blankets, tank tops, and tees in Aurora, Colorado — the city where 12 people were shot in a movie theater during a midnight screening of Dark Knight Rises last July. The backpacks sell for $246 each; and backpack-and-vest combination sells for $1,085.

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25 comments
AlexColvin
AlexColvin

Pathetic. Leave it to some slobbering opportunist to try to profit off needless slaughter. What's next? Individual bullet-proof shields attached to kids desks? Insane.

NickQuirkish
NickQuirkish

Some of you US Americans are so sick & f@cked up. It's just so unbelievable that, in the face of all the staristics describing how violent your society is, that you consider defensive protection for innocent children to be a better solution than restricting the procurement of weapons of war to yourselves. Sick. Just plain sick.

AlyshiaSilva
AlyshiaSilva

Why is it that I felt like crying when I saw this?

HenrySanders
HenrySanders

Extaordinary! These parents obviously don't quite understand that this isn't the pony club. Terrorists and murderers don't introduce themselves first and sit down for microwave pizza, chocolate milk and some mystery meat before they go about munching on your little ones. They will be about as put off by these vests as they are by anti nail biting cream or Billy's green belt in Tai Kwan Do.

Waterstar
Waterstar

Children have always been killed by morons from the beginning of time. Yes yes it's absolutely terrible and we really should do something about these criminals as we have the ability to stop most of them now, but bulletproof shirts? That seems a little overk- oh... a bit much.

JoseTheDonkey
JoseTheDonkey

Lol! Look at picture 10 with all the kids lined up (6 of them)! HEADSHOT, HEADSHOT, HEADSHOT, HEADSHOT, HEADSHOT, HEADSHOT! 6-Child Kill feed! Got my preditor missle! I am aiming down on the school! WAHOOOOOO Look at that killfeed!

JenLeMaster
JenLeMaster

Just a way for them to make a TON of money. KIDS are not allowed to take there back packs and jackets with them once they get to there lockers for the day.

chinchilla
chinchilla

And they think this is going to help.

I wish people would stop taking the easy way out.

cocobinay
cocobinay

So, what is the difference between USA in 2013 and Mogadishu in 1993??? 

Terribly sad! 

Lorr_54
Lorr_54

A sad day when our children need to have as much physical protection as (armed) police officers.  Law enforcement professional knowingly put themselves in harms way as they make a living.  The fact that children are more and more in danger so that the mentally unstable and criminals can have whatever guns and ammunition they desire is a terrible indictment upon our society.

When will the child-sized bulletproof helmets be on sale?  If we are truly going to protect children, they will need helmets, too.

Scr1vello
Scr1vello

Absolutely sad.  The day we seriously consider bulletproofing our kids so they can go outside, is the day we need to seriously consider whether we want to bring any more kids into this world.

digijedi569
digijedi569

Another way a company has taken advantage by exploiting a tragedy.

Neuropol
Neuropol

This is ridiculous. Fix the problem instead of slapping another profit band-aid on it.

nickygrangery
nickygrangery

I said this in a jokey comment a while back....Now its happening! What absurdity! Just control the guns people. Who on earth would want to live in a society where kids would need bulletproof clothing. its even worse than the pistol packing teachers and gun toting janitors for absurd and utterly sad. Stop the insanity before you make your lives unbearable.