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US Eighth Grade Graduates Given Bulletproof Backpack Shields
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Rob Vito, the company's president, said, "Handguns are useless against a product like this".

The shields were provided by Unequal Technologies, who say they will protect against several types of bullters, shotgun blasts, shrapnel and knives.

The graduating class at St. Cornelius in Chadds Ford got the plates as gifts during their graduation ceremony on Monday, The Hill reports.

The technology is a development of other blunt force absorption and body protection pads the company makes, which includes catcher's chest shields for baseball players and upper body armor for lacrosse players, according to the company website.

Vito's daughter attends St. Cornelius, a private school that offers kindergarten through 8th grade in quiet Chadds Ford, about 30 miles west of Philadelphia.

Handguns are useless against a product like this.

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The backpack plates, a new offering from a company known for protective sportswear, have been shown to resist ammunition, including a 9 mm full metal jacket round, a.44 Magnum round, and birdshot fired from a 12-gauge shotgun, the company said.

In February - following a horrific, deadly school shooting in Parkland, Fla. - sales of products similar to Unequal's surged.

"You hear about these school shootings nearly weekly, and I can't believe that's where we are in our nation today, but that's the fact", Dolores Vitale, a great-grandparent who was attending the graduation, told WTXF.

A Catholic school has given students moving on to high school bulletproof inserts so that they may use their backpacks as armor.

While Rosini told CNN affiliate WPVI it's unlikely a shooting will happen at her school, it's still important to protect her students. "We will do whatever is in our power to secure our campuses so that you don't have to worry about your children when they are in school".

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