Colombian company makes child-size bulletproof vests after Sandy Hook shooting

PUBLISHED: 17:55 EST, 30 December 2012 | UPDATED: 21:32 EST, 30 December 2012

A Colombian company that makes stylish bulletproof clothing has launched a new line of child-sized vests and backpacks in the wake of the elementary school massacre in Newtown, Connecticut.

Miguel Caballero says his firm will begin making bulletproof clothing for children in the next two weeks.

The garments are lightweight and look like normal clothing, but they are capable of stopping a bullet from a pistol or submachine gun.

Pint-size: Miguel Caballero shows off his company's newest addition - child-size bulletproof clothing

Pint-size: Miguel Caballero shows off his company's newest addition - child-size bulletproof clothing

Incognito: The backpacks and vests are meant to blend in and not look like body armor. They come in colors for boys and colors for girls

Incognito: The backpacks and vests are meant to blend in and not look like body armor. They come in colors for boys and colors for girls

Twenty first graders were murdered at Sandy Hook Elementary School on December 14 - leaving some parents to search for answers about how to make their children safer at school.

Some groups have advocated arming teachers and principals. Others, including the National Rifle Association, have said armed guards need to be placed at every school in the nation.

Caballero says his bulletproof clothing, which costs several thousand dollars apiece, could be one answer.

The Bogota businessman, who is famous for shooting his employees at close range to demonstrate the effectiveness of his products, hopes to capitalize on the new-found fear some students and parents have about their safety at schools.

It's unknown whether he has gotten interest from families in Newtown.

Demonstration: Mr Caballero is famous for shooting his employees at close range to demonstrate that the design works

Demonstration: Mr Caballero is famous for shooting his employees at close range to demonstrate that the design works

Options: This $500 child-sized tactical vest comes in a variety of colors and promises to be lightweight protection for children

Options: This $500 child-sized tactical vest comes in a variety of colors and promises to be lightweight protection for children

Amendment II, a Salt Lake City, Utah, company, offers more conspicuous child-sized bulletproof vests for $500 and bulletproof backpacks for $300.

None of the bulletproof protection, though, is rated to stop .223-caliber rifle bullets - the rounds fired by the gunman using his mother's AR-15 assault rifle.

The coroner said every young child was shot several times - up to 11 bullets.

Options: This $500 child-sized tactical vest comes in a variety of colors and promises to be lightweight protection for children

Options: This $500 child-sized tactical vest comes in a variety of colors and promises to be lightweight protection for children

Mr Caballero says his designer bulletproof clothing has adorned heads of state and businessmen and women around the world.

The garments are especially popular in Mexico and other Latin American nations where drug violence is prevalent.

The clothing stops bullets because workers sew sheets of flexible nylon blend that slows down, and will ultimately stop, a bullet. 

By Staff 12/30/2012 13:32:00