Bulletproof backpacks, other items for students available soon

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ATLANTA, Ga. (CNN) -- Keeping children safe while they're in school is at the forefront of many parent's concerns following the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  But some new inventions could put minds at ease, at least a little bit.

Coming soon to your child's school, a bulletproof backpack.  One Colombian manufacturer says he has created the "V-Back." It's a combination of a bulletproof vest and a bulletproof backpack for school children.

"We have shot at it with .9 millimeter handgun up to .44 caliber guns and it resists the impact," explained Miguel Caballero, the vest's manufacturer.  "The product is designed to absorb the impact.  Our goal has been to minimize the risk to the child.

Caballero has made a name for himself making bulletproof clothing for heads of state and celebrities.  But he says parents started inquiring about protection for children after the Newtown massacre.

He's also created a bulletproof vest that can be stored in classrooms.

"In an emergency, this vest would be handed out by teachers so that risk would be minimized in the event of an attack," he said.

The V-Back is not yet available for sale.  Caballero says they will probably sell for anywhere between $200 and $300 when available.  And if they sell well in Colombia, he will try to export the concept to the United States.

Other manufacturers are also getting into this market.  In San Antonio, Texas, Mike Taylor has come up with a bulletproof shield, which was also inspired by the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary.

"If they would've had something like this in their hands, some type of defense, any kind of defense, those children didn't have to die," Taylor said.

And in Utah, Amendment II, a company that makes body armor for the military and police officers has designed a bulletproof backpack that sells for $300.

"The concept came up as things happened at schools.  Children need protection as well," explained Amendment II's Rich Brand.

The manufacturers says children can now be protected in the event of the unthinkable.

It's unclear as yet whether parents will be persuaded to send their kids to school wearing body armor.

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