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School is first in the nation to order bulletproof backpacks

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It may not be the graduation gift some were expecting, but it is definitely one that may be a lifesaver.

A group of graduating eighth-graders and staff at a Pennsylvania school are the first in the country to receive bulletproof gear.

Tim Furlong spoke with the creator of the invention who reveals how and why he developed the product.

Rob Vito, the head of unequal technologies in Delaware County is a busy guy.

His company makes all sorts of protective gear for athletes

His team made special gear for Tom Cruise when he did his own movie stunts.

They were even asked to make bulletproof garments for the pope when he visited the United States.

When the principal at his kids' school asked him for a bulletproof shield, he worked for a year to make them one.

On Monday, he gave each graduating eighth-grader at St. Cornelius School their own safe shield to take to high school.

"I think its a really great product that can help protect us,” said Jake Nicosia. “But I hope I never have to use it."

"This is the first time in the history of the United States in which students have been issued ballistic panels," Vito said.

The St. Cornelius graduates got shields and each faculty member is getting one, too.

It’s a super lightweight, reversible Kevlar-based shield meant to be slid into a backpack.

After extensive testing, The company says it can handle most bullets from most guns and knives.

In an active shooter situation, you don't always know where the gunman is, so kids can take the shield out of their backpack and hold it in front of their chest or in front of their face.

 It also works going the other way. Kids can wear the shield on their back as they're trying to run away and get out of the school.

A bullet to the shield would knock a kid off their feet but wouldn't be able to pierce them.

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