OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – Papillion dad Joe Leggett is sending his kids to school with something new in their backpacks that he hopes they never need: bulletproof panels.

He bought the 9-inch-by-12-inch inserts from a Sarpy County security firm and says the $120 panels give his kids a protective edge if a school shooting ever occurs. And they give Dad and Mom some peace of mind.

“I pray hard for their safety and protection,” said Leggett, a former Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputy. “But we do things to increase those odds.”

Sales of the panels have risen at the local store and nationally since the massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High in Parkland, Florida, the Omaha World-Herald reported. Leggett, too, bought the panels following the Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17 students and staff.

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