Dallas school district joins others in Texas requiring clear or mesh backpacks after Uvalde massacre - CNN

  

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Via:  tacos  •  3 months ago  •  17 comments

By:   Nouran Salahieh and Chuck Johnston (CNN)

Dallas school district joins others in Texas requiring clear or mesh backpacks after Uvalde massacre - CNN
The Dallas school district announced Monday that it will require students to carry clear or mesh backpacks to class, joining other Texas districts in implementing new security measures following the Uvalde school massacre.

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(CNN)The Dallas school district announced Monday that it will require students to carry clear or mesh backpacks to class, joining other Texas districts in implementing new security measures following the Uvalde school massacre.

The new rules apply to 6th-12th grade students at Dallas Independent School District -- the second-largest public school district in Texas -- and will take effect when the upcoming 2022-2023 school year begins in August. Other types of bags will no longer be allowed, according to the school district. Texas House committee releases Uvalde shooting report "We acknowledge that clear or mesh backpacks alone will not eliminate safety concerns," the district said in its announcement. "This is merely one of several steps in the district's comprehensive plan to better ensure student and staff safety." The district has already purchased the clear bags, and is set to distribute them before the start of the school year, the statement said. The decision was made based on feedback from students and parents, as well as recommendations from a safety task force at the district, the district said. Read More The backpack requirements in Dallas follow fresh scrutiny of safety measures after a gunman killed 19 children and two teachers inside Robb Elementary in Uvalde on May 24, the second-deadliest shooting at a K-12 school in the US. The Dallas school district isn't the only one in Texas stepping up security measures. Last week, a school district in Seguin, near San Antonio, said it would move to a clear backpack policy for middle and high school students in the new school year. Uvalde surveillance video fuels scrutiny over delayed law enforcement response A school district in Greenville, about 50 miles northeast of Dallas, announced in early June a shift to clear backpacks and that it would implement additional security measures for the upcoming year, which include keeping classroom doors locked at all times and limiting access points into its schools. "This common-sense measure is becoming more common at both school and public events," the Greenville district website noted. The Southside Independent School District in San Antonio, the Harper Independent School District, about 90 miles northwest of San Antonio, and Ingleside Independent School District near Corpus Christi all made similar decisions last month. Clear backpack mandates aren't new to US campuses. After the 2018 shooting that claimed the lives of 14 students and three adults at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, students were required to carry clear backpacks when they returned to school after spring break. Several Parkland students criticized the policy as being an ineffective security measure and expressed privacy concerns over the rules. The requirement was scrapped a few months later. In Texas, several of the districts have specified that students will be able to carry small non-transparent pouches in their backpacks to hold personal items like money and hygiene products. 5 key takeaways from the Uvalde shooting report and video revealing failures in law enforcement responseSchool shootings in the US reached a 20-year high in 2021, with 93 school shootings reported according to federal data cited in a report by the National Center for Education Statistics. Some students have to pass through metal detectors when they get to school every morning, and many around the nation undergo active-shooter training. And after the Parkland shooting, retailers reported a surge in sales of bulletproof backpacks. In Texas, Gov. Greg Abbott last month announced $105.5 million to support additional school safety and mental health initiatives through August 31, 2023. The funding will provide money for bullet-resistant shields and for Texas school districts to buy silent panic alert technology, among other measures, the governor's office said last month.


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Tacos!
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1  seeder  Tacos!    3 months ago

Figure this shit out. A student didn’t shoot up the Uvalde school, and the guns weren’t snuck in inside a backpack. And this is less important, but the school was an elementary school, not 6th-12th grade.

So we need to make kids have see-through backpacks because . . . reasons. Or something.

Shit like this is why people like me think politicians and school administrators are a bunch of morons. This is just a bullshit excuse to go looking through kids’ gear.

 
 
 
GregTx
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1.1  GregTx  replied to  Tacos! @1    3 months ago

Gotta indoctrinate them young to allow that level of dumbfuckery to be tolerated.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.2  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Tacos! @1    3 months ago
"And after the Parkland shooting, retailers reported a surge in sales of bulletproof backpacks."

Unfortunately the new rule means that the students who have been using bulletproof backpacks will not be allowed to use them.  So the new requirement will just make kids more vulnerable to being killed than before. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
Professor Guide
1.2.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.2    3 months ago
  "So the new requirement will just make kids more vulnerable to being killed than before"
The blame is squarely on the Dem dummies

 
 
 
TOM PA
Freshman Silent
1.2.2  TOM PA  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.2    3 months ago

Hopefully they will allow a "boilerplate" inner liner.  Sarc

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
Professor Principal
1.2.3  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  TOM PA @1.2.2    3 months ago

Sarcasm aside, those backpacks also have a full front vest that is armoured, and there is no reason why such an inner liner could be used on the back if they are not already made that way, with the transparency still being utilized for the outer pocket.  What a shame that America is about the only civilized place in the world where such a safety measure is necessary.

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
1.2.4  Revillug  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @1.2.3    3 months ago
those backpacks also have a full front vest that is armoured, and there is no reason why such an inner liner could be used on the back if they are not already made that way,

Now you are onto something.

This is an investment opportunity. Make stylish backpacks that not only satisfy the see-thru compartment requirement but offer some ballistic shielding and make a fashion statement kids will like.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
Senior Quiet
1.3  Jack_TX  replied to  Tacos! @1    3 months ago
Figure this shit out. 

It's easy.  This is about making people who never actually go into the school "feel better" about safety.

It's like the old scene from the political comedy where the Prime Minister asks his political advisor "what can I do about education?"

She replies "do you mean 'do' or 'appear to do'?

"Appear to do, obviously," he says.

It's the same for gun violence, healthcare, immigration, inequality, and pretty much any other topic.

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
1.4  Revillug  replied to  Tacos! @1    3 months ago

It would make more sense to issue Kevlar backpacks.

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
1.4.1  Ender  replied to  Revillug @1.4    3 months ago

Believe it or not some people do. I saw an add for some. It said the backpack can be used as a shield...

 
 
 
Revillug
Freshman Guide
1.4.2  Revillug  replied to  Ender @1.4.1    3 months ago

I know they exist.

Given a choice after Uvalde, I'd go with Kevlar.

Give them a space blanket and an energy bar too so they can think it's a bunch of swag.

 
 
 
Just Jim NC TttH
PhD Principal
2  Just Jim NC TttH    3 months ago

Here is what transpired here with the backpack stuff................

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will auction off 46,000 clear backpacks — the district’s last attempt to recoup money it spent under a plan for increased security amid a crisis of guns being found in schools. The CMS Board of Education approved Tuesday the sale of the backpacks and other surplus property via an online auction.

The district spent more than $440,000 on the clear backpack initiative for high school students. Critics said little to no research has proven that the backpacks can help stop weapons at the door, The Charlotte Observer previously reported.

The backpacks were never handed out after CMS officials found cancer warnings attached to the bags while unpacking the shipments.

Read more at:

No true research about the effectiveness NOR what the Chinese crap was made of................

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
2.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @2    3 months ago

Irony. It's a sad, but funny truth

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
3  Ender    3 months ago

They have done that down here for years. Suppose to stop contraband or something.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
Professor Principal
3.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  Ender @3    3 months ago

I wonder if the girls would be allowed to put their really personal stuff in a small make-up bag inside the backpack? No teenage girl wants anybody to see her tampons

 
 
 
Ender
Professor Principal
3.1.1  Ender  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    3 months ago

Good question. It was in Biloxi they did it, a while back. Don't know if they still do. The kiddos went to Long Beach.

At one point in time they stopped all kids from using the lockers.

 
 
 
arkpdx
Professor Participates
3.1.2  arkpdx  replied to  Trout Giggles @3.1    3 months ago
No teenage girl wants anybody to see her tampons

Not to worry. If she is here in Oregon she can just go into the boys bathroom for one 

 
 

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