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Texas school district required students to use see-through backpacks after Uvalde shooting

Many Dallas Independent School District schools announced changes in their school safety guidelines after the Uvalde Elementary School shootings last week, echoing moves made by other schools in Texa



Students in the Dallas Independent School District, following the lead of other Texas school districts in the wake of the deadly Uvalde elementary school mass shooting, have been ordered to wear transparent or mesh backpacks while on campus.

The Dallas school district announced on Monday that clear backpacks would be required for the 2022-23 school year, which begins in August and covers students in sixth through 12th grade. Bags of any other kind will no longer be permitted.


In order to prevent students from bringing prohibited items to school, the district says it will be able to see the contents of students’ backpacks as they enter the building. Safety concerns can’t be addressed solely by using clear or mesh backpacks.


School district officials say that the mandate will speed up the check-in process for students by eliminating the need for a bag check when they arrive on campus. This means that the main body of the backpack must be transparent, but the straps themselves may be of any solid color, according to the declaration. A 5.5-by-8.5-inch clear pouch is permitted for students to carry personal items such as cell phones, cash, and hygiene products.

As of now, all bags that don’t meet the new requirements are being held in the school’s office until a parent or guardian can pick them up. An official statement reads in part: “The district has purchased and will distribute a clear backpack to secondary students before school begins.”

Following the May 24 shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, which left 21 people dead, including 19 children, other school districts have adopted similar protocols. A similar decision was made in San Antonio, Harper, and Ingleside school districts in Texas last month, according to CNN.

Keeping classroom doors locked at all times and limiting the number of entry points are just two of the safety measures that a Greenville, South Carolina school has promised to implement, according to the news source.


As part of its initial investigation into the Uvalde school shooting, a Texas House committee released an extensive preliminary report on Sunday, outlining the “systemic failures and egregious poor decision making” that went beyond local police, including a family that failed to recognize warning signs and a school district that did not follow its safety plan.


Calls for greater community involvement in protecting students were resurrected after the shooting in Uvalde. Additional school safety and mental health initiatives will receive $105.5 million from Gov. Greg Abbott (R) through August 2023. According to the Texas Tribune, the money will be used to buy bullet-resistant shields for police officers and silent panic alert technology for school districts.

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Missy Severi is the author of this piece.

After the shooting in Uvalde, another Texas school district has mandated that students carry see-through backpacks.