House OKs bill allowing bulletproof backpacks

Drew White and Paul Braun

Louisiana children may begin wearing bulletproof backpacks to class soon.

The House voted 82-6 Tuesday to allow students to wear body armor on school grounds or buses. Current Louisiana law prohibits body armor on school property.

All local representatives – Beryl Amedee, R-Houma, Truck Gisclair, D-Larose, Tanner Magee, R-Houma, Dee Richard, a Thibodaux independent, and Jerome Zeringue, R-Houma – voted in favor of the bill.

The bill previously cleared the Senate with overwhelming support. Ballistic tests indicate that the backpacks could stop shots from handguns and shotguns but not bullets from AR-15s and other high-powered rifles.

Read the full story in Houma Today.


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