CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A school district in metro Atlanta is banning book bags for the rest of the year due to rising gun counts.
Clayton County Schools Superintendent Dr. Morcease Beasley announced that middle and high school students will not be permitted to use book bags or lockers for the remainder of the school year.
He made the announcement in response to the presence of weapons and dangerous items on school campuses.
“Thank you Clayton County for supporting our actions to lessen the impact of the proliferation of guns in our society, which is increasingly affecting our schools. Let’s work together to ensure our schools remain safe and focused. learning We continue to lead our response.
Beasley also announced that the school district is working to install more metal detectors in its middle and high schools; in addition to the use of metal detection rods.
Students in Clayton County should also expect random searches by school police in partnership with local police departments.
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In the metropolitan area, bag rules vary from district to district.
Fulton County Schools leave the bag policy to the schools. At a recent school board meeting, Superintendent Mike Looney said he is also adding campus security for schools that have had problems with fighting.
In DeKalb County, guns on school grounds led administrators to ban backpacks at McNair High School.
Rockdale County Public Schools will require all students to wear see-through backpacks beginning next school year.
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