Rise in guns prompts headteachers to consider requiring see-through backpacks

By Rebekka Schramm

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JONESBORO, Georgia (WGCL) – Clayton County Public Schools, the fifth-largest school district in the state, is considering requiring see-through backpacks when students return to class in the fall to help combat a recent spike in violations weapons on school campuses.

Clear bags would be required for students in grades 3-12.

The proposal comes after school district leaders completely banned backpacks during the final weeks of the school year.

At a school board meeting this week, a security official told board members the district committed 97 weapons violations on Clayton County school campuses during the past school year.

Connie Fowler, mother of a Grade 7 student in the district, doesn’t think a clear backpack requirement would prevent a student from bringing a prohibited item to school.

“If students want to bring drugs or weapons to school, they’ll do it no matter what,” Fowler said.

She is also concerned about student privacy.

“You have these little girls who have their feminine products, and they don’t want to show them to all these boys,” she said.

Attania Jean-Funny is a teacher whose two children attend a neighborhood charter school. She likes the idea of ​​transparent backpacks.

“That’s one thing that could help,” she said, adding that other security measures may also need to be implemented. “Unfortunately, these are the times we live in. We may still need to install metal detectors in schools.”

The Clayton County School Board will likely vote on the issue this summer.

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