A Columbia-based bulletproof vest making company is now making bulletproof clothing for children.
Miguel Caballero, the owner of the factory, said that he never thought of making such clothes for children but requests started coming after the last month’s shooting incident in Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. He said to have emails from anxious consumers asking for bulletproof clothing for their kids. The marketing director of the company Giovanni Cordero said that their company was receiving messages from throughout the U.S. asking for shielding gear.
The products made by the company include protective undershirts, kid-sized armored vest, and ballistic-protected backpacks that can be used as protective covers too. With 2-4 pounds weight, these products are made for children aged between 8 and 16 years. Depending on the construction complexity, their price range is between $150 and $600.
Caballero said that they produced these clothing with American market in mind. He fired a machine gun and a 9mm pistol on a bulletproof backpack to show that it could give protection against a barrage of bullets. He also said that a U.S. distributor had already placed an order for these products.
For more than 20 years, Caballero’s factory has been producing armored vests for grown-up people. Over the last half-century, almost thousands of Columbians have been killed due to an internal conflict.
These vests also have good demands in nearly 20 countries including Mexico, Costa Rica, and Ecuador. They are also distributed in the Middle East, Asia, and some parts of Europe.
On December 14, a deadly shooting incident took the lives 20 first-graders and 6 teachers in Connecticut’s Sandy Hook Elementary School. The gunman was a 20-year-old teen named Adam Lanza who killed his mother too before doing that massacre inside the school. He committed suicide when police encircled him.
After the Sandy Hook tragedy, the sales of three American companies, which have already been producing shield-like backpacks, boosted.