Father of Jackson Township student says he put body armor in son's book bag over the weekend

Posted at 11:44 AM, Feb 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-02-20 17:17:45-05

Parents in Jackson Township were on edge Tuesday morning after authorities said a 7th-grader shot himself inside the boy's bathroom.

The mass shooting at a Florida high school last week rocked the nation, putting parents and school officials on high-alert— and the incident at Jackson Memorial Middle School was no different.

RELATED: 7th-grader shoots himself at Jackson Memorial Middle School in Stark County

One father whose child goes to the school said he put a piece of armor in his 8th-grade son's backpack over the weekend.

That father, Don Casey, said a friend who is in support of gun control posted something on Facebook about a man who put regular textbooks in a bag and shot it with a .45, a 9 mm and an assault rifle.

"The handguns didn't go through the first two textbooks. They barely made it through one. I had repainted the shotstop so they gave us this body armor and I put that in my son's book bag."

Shotstop is ballistic protective armor gear that is typically used by police and SWAT.

Some may wonder why he put armor in his son's book bag, but to him it's obvious.

"You can't be too cautious. It's a sick world we live in," he said.