Michigan School District Bans All Backpacks Amid Mass Shooting Epidemic

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A school district in Flint, Michigan has banned students from carrying backpacks in the school buildings, including ones made out of clear plastic, due to fears of increased gun violence and mass shooting taking place in schools, NY Post reported. 

The Flint Board of Education voted unanimously, Tuesday, to ban backpacks announcing the news to parents, on April 27th. Flint Community Schools shared the message on their website, stating that starting this week, students

“will not be allowed to bring backpacks into Flint Community Schools building.”

Students can only take small purses that contain their personal items like wallets, keys, and their phone, to school. They will also be allowed to bring clear plastic bags with their gym clothes and some lunchboxes will be permitted.

“These bags may still be subject to search,”

the district said on its website. 

“We have thought long and hard about this decision, knowing that it will impact how scholars and families prepare for their days and operations in the classroom,”

Superintendent Kevelin Jones said.

“However, based on the issues we continue to see across the country regarding school safety, we believe that this is the best solution for those we serve.”

“We apologize for any inconvenience that this policy will have on our scholars and families, but when it comes to the safety of our school community, we will not take any chances,”

Jones added.

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