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Slash-proof hoodies. Has the world gone mad? April 16, 2007

Posted by Al in : scary,weird , trackback

What kind of a society are we living in where kids have to buy knife resistant clothing to feel safe? Admittedly, a slash-proof hoodie is easier to wear than the full body armour that would be needed to protect against bullets – so Britain still has a small advantage over the USA. However, the fact that such clothing is needed, and the fact that knife resistant school uniforms are being developed, suggests that something has gone seriously wrong with the world we now live in. I’m afraid I have to place at least some of the blame on parents – after all, if a child is brought up with a respect for others then they are not likely to consider taking another life. But I do start to wonder whether the films and games, that kids are exposed to, may be desensitising them and encouraging violence. I would never consider myself a fan of censorship, but if you constantly see violence, and never really see the negative results of violence, then you’re not going to worry about committing violence. Possibly.


1. blank - April 17, 2007

Well i agree with you on the whole parent thing and the world going wrong… but a a youth myself, trying to get on with my ordinary days and a target for such crimes… i welcome this concept completely.. it may save many lives as a result.

2. Al - April 17, 2007

Do you really consider yourself a target for such an attack? If so, do you hang around with people who might be involved in this kind of trouble? I find it a little bit scary that the world has become so violent in such a short space of time. 20 years ago I was a teenager, pubbing and clubbing every night I could, and hanging out with my friends when skint. There were times and places which could cause you to worry about getting involved in a fist fight, and sometimes people could get badly hurt, but at least they would normally be able to walk away afterwards.

One of the reasons I would place some of the blame on parents is because I live in an area where there are often large groups of teenagers hanging around the streets until very late at night. Considering these kids are all school age (they’d be in the pub if they were older) then allowing them to be out until midnight seems wrong to me.

If you really think that slash proof (which is different from stab proof) clothing is the answer, then by all means buy some and feel safer. I just think it’s a shame that the world has reached the point where you can’t go to school or college in the USA without geting shot, or wander the streets of Britain without being stabbed.

3. Justyn - April 17, 2007

I don’t want to sound like an old man and things are changing very badly but not as much as we think.
I know firends of mine who were beaten up badly for a laugh when I was teen (10 years ago).
Last weekend a man was kicked to death in port talbot by a 17 year old and a 23 old ‘ for a laugh’.
Unfortunatley this is not a new thing and used to happen years ago as well.
However the media makes people a lot more afraid which in turn can cause a knock on affect in increase in viloence.
Quite simply I believe these people need to be made an example of as at the moment I just don’t believe there is any sort of deterrent to put them off.

4. Monnica - August 2, 2007

As a parent of a boy who is very btight and attractive I am constantly aware that he may be a target for jealous thugs…If I could convince him to wear one of these to and from school then I would have bought one already…life for children IS at a stage were we need to be concerned about their safety, there have been many cases of stabbings and brutal murders, for no reason other than they where in the wrong place at the wrong time….people need to able to have the choice to protect those arround them with out having to resort to violence to do so …thats why I think these coats are such a good idea..