TIME

Fear of mass shootings fuels a thriving bulletproof business

LORI ALHADEFF IS HAUNTED BY THE FACT THAT SHE DID not send her 14-year-old daughter to school with a bulletproof backpack. The mother of three had wanted to buy one but never got around to it. By Feb. 14, 2018, it was too late. Her first child, Alyssa, was fatally shot trying to hide under a classroom table at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., where 16 others were killed. “I wish to this day that I did give that protection to Alyssa. It could have saved her life,” Alhadeff says. “Obviously, I regret that.”

After the massacre, Alhadeff bought bulletproof backpacks for her two sons, who are now 15 and 12. “I have peace in my heart for my two boys, at least, that I’m doing everything in my power to protect them,” says Alhadeff, who won’t

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