As the rate of crime explodes in our schools, anxious parents take desperate steps to ensure their child's safety after the innocent dropping off at the school gate - Mums and Dads, I introduce to you the age of the stab-proof school uniform
We will do anything to keep our children safe. Not so long ago, school was supposed to be a safe place. When we dropped our children off at the gate and waved goodbye, we went away hoping that they would learn something about their language, how we read, our way of life and the world around us - they do that all right - and now we teach them to protect.
We don't need to be reminded that the world we live in is a dangerous place. Our parents told us that and perhaps even their parents too, but surely, despite the crime and the anger we are faced with on the news everyday, the day would not come when we would have to protect our children in the one place they should feel the most safe in - school.
In the east end of London - the reality is all too plain for many parents - the company who makes the lining for the jumpers and blazers are taking orders even in their first week of issue. This is for one particular troubled part of London and perhaps the realisation that the dawn of a new age may have arrived, doesn't need to sink in yet.
Yet the day is here and parents around the UK are fearing the worst - if they don't take steps to protect their children, they could be faced with the prospect of picking up their child from the school gate in a body bag. So now, here we have, the stab-proof school uniform.
It speaks volumes about the world. We now are drawn to buy these items to ease our conscience, or is this just another cunning marketing plane by some hot shot company cashing in on the increasing crime rate within our education system? Are these uniforms as necessity or just a guilt trip forcing us to dip our hands in our pockets to save not only our children but to save our own peace of mind?
One in three children in the London area has carried a knife in the last twelve months out of fear.
As a parent, I think I know what I would do - save my child.