After yet another tragic school shooting this week — this time in Parkland, Florida — left 17 people dead, parents all over the country are more concerned about their children’s safety than ever before. And former Real Housewife/current Don’t Be Tardy star Kim Zolciak-Biermann is no exception; the mother of six just bought bulletproof backpacks for her kids because, as she says, it’s better than not having any protection at all.
Zolciak-Biermann shared a photo of the backpack to Instagram and recounted a conversation she had with her husband, Kroy Biermann, immediately after the Parkland shooting.
“I just asked Kroy what can we do as parents to protect our children everyday in this crazy sad world. He said, ‘best thing we could do for now is get bullet proof book bags’ you know I just did!” she wrote. “It’s better than not having anything at all. Just thought I would share with you guys. I just found this first on Amazon so I bought it. It’s certified.”
The massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School marks the deadliest school shooting since the December 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, which killed 20 first-graders and six faculty members.
Many hoped Sandy Hook would be the turning point that resulted in gun-control reform, but all proposed federal legislation over the past five years has failed. “It’s heartbreaking for me that gun violence in this country has gotten worse, not better since Sandy Hook,” Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut told Newsweek in December. “We were sure we’d pass background check legislation, but I misunderstood the power of the gun lobby.”
Over the past two days, students who survived the Parkland shooting have been outspoken in their calls for change, making clear that “thoughts and prayers” are woefully inadequate and criticizing media coverage that describes the white shooter as “troubled.” They have addressed politicians and pundits on Twitter and appeared on TV for interviews.
why was a student able to terrorize my school mr president https://t.co/rwDRYz3ayx
— Nikhita Nookala (@nikta04) February 14, 2018
wow what a weird way to say that he’s a terrorist who hurt my friends and classmates https://t.co/l7bivSJ70L
— Lex Michael (@lexforchange) February 15, 2018
I was hiding in a closet for 2 hours. It was about guns. You weren't there, you don't know how it felt. Guns give these disgusting people the ability to kill other human beings. This IS about guns and this is about all the people who had their life abruptly ended because of guns. https://t.co/XnzhvuN1zd
— Carly Novell (@car_nove) February 15, 2018
“We are children. You guys are, like, the adults. Take action, work together, come over your politics, and get something done,” 17-year-old survivor David Hogg said.
The impressive students are clearly committed to fighting for change. But until any meaningful legislation is passed, desperate parents will likely continue to buy bulletproof backpacks — and take every precaution they can think of that maybe, just maybe, could save their kid’s life.