"There is a huge difference between feeling safer and actually being safer.
Calls for bulletproof backpacks, arming teachers, and using textbooks to deflect bullets may sound good to desperate parents, but the ideas are basically impractical to those who understand schools and kids," said Kenneth S. Trump, a national expert on school security and emergency planning.

Trump, the president of National School Safety and Security Services, said there is not a sweeping trend toward bulletproof backpacks. The vast majority of kids do not carry backpacks in school all day and even with backpacks in hand, students would not be...

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