By Lucas D. Wood
HAZLETON, Pa. -- Beginning this week, backpacks and drawstring bags have been effectively banned in the Hazleton Area High School, Career Center, and Hazleton Area Academy of Sciences.
According to the District's homepage, any backpacks being brought into any of these buildings will be placed in a bin at the front door where they will kept until the end of the day.
Gym or swimming clothing will be allowed to be brought in the buildings in clear plastic bags but must be stored in their lockers.
This procedure is being put into place for the safety of students, staff and visitors based on recent incidents in the nation’s schools.
We've reached out to Superintendent, Mr. Brian Uplinger for comments.
He issued us the following statement:
"Safety of all of our students is paramount. Not having backpacks prevents concealment of weapons. Additionally, we will be able to provide more security through the use of our metal detectors."
One extra thing to add to this, is that purses larger than a sheet of paper isn't permitted for carry either in the schools.
However, this policy change wasn't touted by school officials like the ban on backpacks was.