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Two Michigan school districts reconsider backpack bans

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Schools in two Michigan cities are reconsidering their backpack bans.

The school districts in Flint and Grand Rapids banned the backpacks in the spring over safety concerns. Since then, Bridge Michigan reports that Flint has modified its ban for the school year that began on Wednesday, and Grand Rapids has revoked their ban outright.

Both districts are instead hoping that parents will take more responsibility when it comes to ensuring their students aren’t bringing guns or other dangerous items to school.

Schools in Michigan and across the country are reappraising their security protocols, and in some cases requiring transparent backpacks, after a series of high-profile shootings and gun incidents. In Michigan that effort has received a boost from a flood of federal and state money made available to help curb gun violence.


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Charles U Farley August 11, 2023 at 3:55 pm

It’s time to focus resources on the kids who WANT to be there and WANT to learn. Instead of clear backpacks, how about we just go back to expelling the troublemakers? Anything else is simply unfair to the good kids.

Joey Bagodonuts August 14, 2023 at 1:15 pm

Charles, you are full of Common Sense!

🇺🇲 Adam August 14, 2023 at 7:16 pm

Little Billy could still wrap a T-shirt around his Glock 19, inside the see-through backpack. Each school in America needs to be like an airport with TSA security. Armed guards at the one security entrance.

Thor August 15, 2023 at 11:46 pm

No, just no, every citizen needs to be allowed the Second Amendment right to defend themselves. You would give up freedom for security and win neither.

It also wouldn’t hurt if the mental institutions were reopened to take the insane off the streets.


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