Before you buy your child full battle rattle and send them off to school, let's look at the statistics of school shootings. Unfortunately, media coverage of shootings is biased and rarely an accurate representation of what is actually going on. However, according to CHDS, the majority of school shootings are done by small-caliber handguns, such as a 9mm or .380. This chart doesn't include all guns, just the most commonly used against students. Read the link above for a comprehensive list of firearms.
WHICH LEVEL OF PROTECTION SHOULD I BUY?
If you watch the news on a school shooting, you'd be led to believe that most are committed by an AR-15 or AK-47. In reality, most school shootings are done by handguns ranging from a 9mm up to a .357 Magnum. However, if you're anything like most parents, you want the utmost level of protection for the most important thing in your life. For this reason, I'd go with a Level/Type III. If I were going by the statistics, a Level/Type IIIA would be enough to stop more than 85% of all calibers used in school shootings.
What is Level/Type IIIA Body Armor?
According to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), Level/Type IIIA body armor is capable of defeating all handgun calibers, including a .357 Magnum and .44 Magnum. With more than 85% of school shootings being carried out by handguns, this armor will protect your child if a round hits the plate insert.
If you're looking for a comprehensive guide to all Levels/Types of armor, read our blog, titled, “ShotStop | Buyer’s Guide To Ballistic Armor”.
What is Level/Type III Body Armor?
Level/Type III body armor is a hard plate insert that usually slides into a plate carrier's pocket. This armor level is designed to defeat rifle caliber bullets up to a 7.62mm Full Metal Jacket (FMJ). As a backpack insert, this armor will protect your child against all AR-15 style rifles (5.56mm NATO) and AK-47 rifles. Here at ShotStop, the Level/Type III insert will stop multiple shots in the same place without penetrating through the armor.