School Requires Students to Wear Transparent Backpacks to Prevent Crime
North Forest High School in Houston is requiring students to wear transparent backpacks after one student was shot recently.
The shooting incident involved an 18-year-old male student using a handgun to shoot a 16-year-old boy in the leg in the middle of a hallway says a Chronicle.com report.
While the campus has metal detectors, the report says, they are only monitored at the start of the day and are easy to evade by going through side doors or coming late, says the report. The district now plans to extend the school's metal detector hours to 10 a.m.
In additoin, as a result of the incident, Superintendent Edna Forte decided to prohibit backpacks that are not clear or transparent, the report says. The district will purchase a transparent backpack for each of the 1,285 students at North Forest High.