By: Savannah Smith | 03-07-2018 | News
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Washington High School Bans Students from Using Backpacks in School

Students will be banned from carrying even backpacks, purses or other school bags “that can be used to conceal weapons, drugs or alcohol” in Granger High School in Yakima, Washington with the school citing “safety concern” as their reason for the prohibition.

The school administration also pointed to “the increased school violence in the Yakima Valley” for the policy change, which is already scheduled to take effect on March 12.

The school also said on its Facebook page: “We understand this is an inconvenience, but our main concern is that school is a safe place for learning.”

In the place of the ubiquitous backpacks, the school is suggesting that students use instead transparent grocery bags, laundry mesh bags “or other similar transparent items” for PE and sports clothes.

The school also announced that any student caught defying the new order by still bringing backpacks to school “will have a letter sent home and disciplinary measures will be enforced.”

Students have spoken against the new policy, arguing that it does not really offer any help in solving the problem of school violence or safety issues, among others.

One student who has spoken to local media and requested to be unnamed said: “I mean, I’m sure there could be better ones (ideas) than taking our backpack privileges away, because if you really wanted to bring drugs or weapons… you really would do it.”

It is not clear what types of bags are not prohibited under the new policy, and if the school considered implementing stricter bag inspection measures to students entering their premises instead of banning what was previously a normal student accessory as a backpack.


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Anonymous No. 20057 2018-03-07 : 18:10

What is the deal with banning everything?

Anonymous No. 20063 2018-03-07 : 18:24

WTF? Crazy !!! Like how does it solve the problem?!

Anonymous No. 20073 2018-03-07 : 19:11


Anonymous No. 20087 2018-03-07 : 22:26

I've heard of some schools/students doing transparent plastic backpacks before. sad

Anonymous No. 20088 2018-03-07 : 22:27


Anonymous No. 20099 2018-03-08 : 02:33

Is the school trying to up the sales of those transparent backpack?

Macs No. 20280 2018-03-11 : 01:09

They’ll need to ban trench coats 3/4 length jackets baggy pants,long sleeves jumpers ,plimsolls , get bulletproof class room doors to start with , and install silent light warnings in each class ..until something is decided in the meantime

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