We’re officially banning all backpack-carrying students from public schools.
The reason: The backpack is no longer safe.
“In this day and age, people are very concerned about their safety, and the more people that have these items in their pockets, the more unsafe it is,” school principal David Smith told ABC News.
The idea of students carrying backpacks into school has been around for years.
Backpacks can contain potentially deadly substances, like tear gas, and are sometimes left in classrooms during protests.
But the school board said it was concerned about the backpack-bashing trend.
“There’s no excuse for it,” said Smith.
“We have to make sure we have the right training for students in those situations.”
In addition to banning all students from school, the policy will require all teachers to wear body cameras and other security equipment and take an emergency response training course.
It will also ban the sale of backpacks to students younger than 16.
Schools that want to re-book students for the day must do so via a third party.
The policy goes into effect March 11.
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