Stab-proof school uniforms go on sale to protect pupils from knife attacks
14th August 2007
Stab-proof school uniforms have gone on sale for the first time in Britain, sparking a rush of inquiries from worried parents looking to protect their youngsters from knife attacks.
According to the Sun newspaper, parents are paying up to £65 a time to get their hands on the uniforms - lined with Kelvar - the material used in armoured vests worn by British troops in Iraq.
Stab-proof uniforms are being sold by Essex-based firm BladeRunner, which has already plugged a gap in the teenage market by selling Kevlar hoodies.
Worried: Parents are rushing to buy stab-proof school uniforms and hoodies to protect their children
Kevlar is a light synthetic material which can be spun into a fabric five times stronger than steel.
BladeRunner Bosses Adrian Davis and Barry Samms already make Kevlar-lined uniforms for police and security guards but began taking requests from parents who wanted to line their children's school uniforms with the protective material.
Mr Davis said: "We've had so many calls from parents requesting the service in time for their children to go back to school, we think we'll have to set up a whole division devoted to it.
"Parents send us in blazers and we line them with Kevlar - it's discreet and no-one would know you were wearing it."
The move follows concerns from both students and parents after a spate of knife-related attacks on teenagers across the UK.
Seven boys aged under 16 have died in such attacks within two months this year alone.
Concerned mother Kimberley Starr told The Sun she supported stab-proof clothes for children following a vicious attack on her daughter Bridie outside her Bristol school.
"If she had been wearing it (Kevlar) she wouldn't have spent two weeks in hospital," she said.
Essex-based firm BladeRunner has begun producing a range of stab-free clothes including school uniforms