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Dressing For Danger

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Responding to a rash of random gunshot killings of children in New York City this summer, a company has begun marketing bullet-resistant vests and other protective items for pupils.

Stephen L. D'Andrilli, a former New York City police officer who is now president of Guardian Group International Corporation, says the New York-based company has already taken more than three dozen orders from parents of schoolchildren.

The company markets protective clothing and other items ranging in price from $250 to $600. A jacket made with Kevlar 129 protective pads sells for $450.

"Six months ago, the idea of bullet-resistant clothing for one's child would have been considered irrational," Mr. D'Andrilli says. "The fact that New Yorkers and people throughout the world need protective clothing, especially for children, is a terrible reflection of the collapse of law and order in our society."--mw

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