Local man sells bulletproof backpack insert

ST. LOUIS - A High Ridge man is selling an array of bulletproof school supplies for children and teachers that he believes could save lives.

Jeremiah Raber is not your typical inventor and entrepreneur.

Raber is a mixed martial artist who works for the Metropolitan Sewer District. As a competitive fighter, Raber saw many men lose matches after suffering a blow in the most vulnerable of places.

Last year, he perfected what he still calls the world's most durable men's protective cup.

The KSDK story on Raber's bulletproof men's protective cup quickly went viral and led to appearances on The Discovery Channel and dozens of TV and radio interviews all over the world.

Now Raber is selling a new line of products: A bulletproof backpack insert, and teachers clipboards and dry erase white boards that can also stop a speeding bullet.

"This was shot with an AR15," Raber says, holding up a bullet riddled backpack insert. "A 55 grain round with no through and through penetration. So it really does protect the subject and I think it could help."

The "Guardian Angel" backpack insert sells for $400 on Raber's website www.ArmoredNutshellz.com.

The dry erase shield also sells for about $400 and the bulletproof clipboard sells for $150.

We took the "Guardian Angel" backpack insert to some local moms to get their feedback.

"I do think it's a great idea," said Julie Edwards of Fenton, a mother of two young boys. "But I'm not sure, as a parent, that I'm comfortable sending my child to a place that needs a bulletproof insert in their backpack. I'm not sure how comfortable I am with that."

"Parents spend so much money on their kids sports, they might as well spend a little extra money to spend on their protection, to survive," added Christine Bond, a military mom who has watched her son deploy to Iraq several times.

You can see more on the "Guardian Angel" backpack insert Tuesday morning at 6 a.m. on Today in St. Louis.


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