Michigan School District Has Banned Backpacks Over Safety Concerns

Public schools in Flint are enforcing a policy banning backpacks, including those made of clear plastic material, amid concerns over firearms, weapons, and threats.

The Flint Board of Education voted 7-0 to ban backpacks for the remainder of the school year. The new policy allows small purses for personal items, clear plastic bags for gym clothes, and lunchboxes “within reason.” They’ll also be subject to searches.