MEXICO CITY (CBSMiami/AP) — A grade-school student from the violent Mexican border city of Matamoros won a prize in a state fair with quite an unusual proposal – a bulletproof backpack for kids to hide behind during shootouts.READ MORE: Miss USA Asya Branch Could Make History In Sunday's Miss Universe Competition At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel And Casino
Such shootouts often occur in Matamoros, where factions of the Gulf cartel fight turf battles.
Student Juan David Hernandez Rojas came up with the idea of putting a steel plate in the backpack to deflect bullets.READ MORE: Kid Reporter Damon Weaver, Who Interviewed Obama At White House, Has Died At 23
The concept includes a GPS locator to find lost kids, and an emergency battery charger for cellphones.
According to his project proposal, the backpack “would help us be a little safer and keep our parents calmer.”
The director of technology promotion for Tamaulipas state said Thursday that Hernandez Rojas won an initial round but didn’t make the list of state finalists.MORE NEWS: Goodwill Ambassador Volunteers Get Specialized Training Ahead Of Miami Beach's Busy Holiday Weekend
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