Backpacks banned at Polk schools

May 21, 2018 by

In addition to a backpack ban, Polk County deputies will be assigned to every public school during the last days of class. Judd said. Before Friday, there were still 111 schools in the county that did not have an armed guard or school resource officer on campus.

Students at Polk County schools will be prohibited from bringing backpacks on campus during the last week of class, the district announced on Friday.

The decision to ban all backpacks was made after the massacre at Santa Fe High School in Texas, in which eight students and two teachers were killed, said Superintendent Jacqueline Byrd. Small purses and lunch boxes are still permitted.

“I have banned backpacks to help us … make sure nothing can get into the schools by any means,” Byrd said during a news conference. “We want to make sure … that if an officer is on campus, they don’t have to figure out where something is entering and how it’s getting in.”

The teen accused in the Texas school shooting used a long trench coat to conceal the shotgun and revolver used during the massacre, according to reports.

Source: Backpacks banned at Polk schools during last week of class, district says – Orlando Sentinel

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    It is the right decision I think. However, in such way it will not protect anyone for a long time

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