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Clear Backpacks Can’t Protect Kids From Shooters, But Hardening Schools Can

BY: JORDAN BOYD

 

It’s hard to imagine that the new clear-backpack policy will solve any problems in Dallas, and here’s why.

Dallas Independent School District (DISD) announced this week that, beginning this Fall 2022 semester, all 6th-12th grade students must use clear or mesh backpacks designed to deter students from bringing illegal items such as guns to class.

Corporate media coverage of DISD’s new policy claims the change was recommended by DISD’s Safety Task Force and Internal Task Force following the Uvalde school shooting in May when 19 students and two teachers lost their lives.

It’s hard to imagine that DISD’s backpack policy will solve any problems or even gain popularity throughout the Lone Star State. While several Texas school districts have implemented similar changes, the clear-backpack policies have become targets for teenage taunting and concerns about privacy. That’s why Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, which suffered a fatal shooting in 2018, dropped its clear-bag policy just a few months after introducing it.

 

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