SCS Students Could Be Required To Carry Clear Backpacks Next Fall

(Shelby County, TN) Shelby County students could be sporting see-through backpacks next fall.

Administrators said schools with a high number of violent incidents will require all students to carry clear bags.

Administrators got the idea from Chicago Public Schools.

It’s called the “All Clear Initiative.”

They said see-through backpacks will reduce violence, because it will be easy to spot weapons and contraband.

Chief of Security Gerald Darling is behind the program, “Starting next school year, we are going to put it in our high incident schools.”

While the board still needs to vote on it and details are being worked out, here’s the initial plan: about 14 schools with the most violence will test out the new policy.

Darling is trying to get grant money and plan fundraisers to pay for the bags.

He said other schools that require clear backpacks have seen success.

Violent incidents are down, and students have more pride in their schools.

Critics said students will be at risk to have money, cell phones and other valuables stolen, because it’s easier to spot those things in a clear bag.

“Even if they carry a regular backpack they would be susceptible to that type of incident,” said Darling.

WREG called Chicago Public Schools to find out how successful clear backpacks have been, but as of Friday evening, they have not returned our calls.

Darling said these next few months he will work out the details, and the board should vote on it this summer.

8 comments

  • b12

    Put to USE the metal detectors that we as taxpayers have paid for and it would knock a lot of stuff out too. My son attends a school here in the CITY and I know for fact as I take him to school that twice this year they have been used. The 1ST day of school and the day they came back after Christmas Break, since than they have NOT had one up where the kids go through them. WHAT A CROCK. Book bags should NOT have to be clear, after all females do have to carry a few private things and it is easier to carry it in their book bags than a purse and having three or 4 different things to carry. Get with the program and use the items that are there for you to use now before you make parents invest more money in CLEAR Bags. WHAT A CROCK, always set the rules but yet what they have NOW they cannot, so how are they going to walk around and see what is a kids book bag too. BAH HAH…

    • bambam84

      All these “security measures,” and the “stuff keeps happening. I mean, after mpd “supposedly,” turns over the security of the schools (why are there still so many mod squad cars at the schools?) To the sheriff’s, including a set up of three or four squads of sherrifs’s deputies that roll from school to school, “checking up on things,” at all hours of the day, including the night time, we had more gun incidents in schools than ever in a span of a year or two here. Go. Figure.
      Now this…don’t take my word on it. All this is fact and can be traced back
      through the news. (Much of it through News Channel 3 articles.) How fast are the “gun incidents” gonna start rolling in when people can physically see the “guns,” while they are still in the backpacks? Smh. Nothing will change.

    • Thomas H. Evans

      Pretty much as you have stated they set the rules but there is little if any follow through. What ever you are going to do has to start the first day of school and continue throughout the school year, no exceptions. We are too willing to make exceptions, so the kids and their parents don’t ever take things serious. Waiting 30, 60, 90 days after school opens to start a crack down never works. Like you, I have no idea why they don’t get it, Metal Detectors day one through day 180.

      • bambam84

        Just another way to keep “civilians” edgy 24-7. It’s really sad and pathetic. “Protect and serve,” has turned to “Keystone Cops,” all over. They’re just making mockeries out of themselves by constantly slipping up with their own standard operating “procedures.” As you said, no follow through. I feel bad for them. Used to mean something. Now it’s just as pre packaged as they are. Sterile, much?

  • MikeBarret

    Just make everyone show up naked and be sure to do thorough cavity searches. We are quickly turning this nation into a police state, might as well get them used to it early.

  • TINA WARD

    HOPEFULLY THIS PLAN HELP THE COMMUNITY.IT GETS WORSER EVERY YEAR AND THEY NEED TO PENALIZE PARENTS FOR THEIR UNCONTROLLED CHILDREN HAVE THEM TO GET CONTROL OF THEM OR SEND THEM TO SOMEONE OR SOMEWHERE THAT CAN BECAUSE IT STARTS AT HOME IF IT HAVE TO BE A POLICE STATE OH WELL…. MAYBE IT WILL MAKE IT SAFE FOR EVERYBODY!!

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