HAZLETON - On Tuesday morning, school officials announced that backpacks would be banned in all schools across the district, effective immediately.
Since, students from all buildings expressed their distaste for the new policy via social media.
A petition has even been created to influence school officials to re-allow the use of backpacks.
To sign the petition, click here.
Students argue that the new anti-book bag policy would be more acceptable if students were allowed to go to their lockers between classes.
It should also be noted that all building within the district come equipped with metal detectors.
Therefore, if they go through and check their bags in the beginning of the day then they assumably should be allowed to carry them around throughout the rest of the day.
We spoke with Adriana Alfieri, a student of the Hazleton Area Career Center. She's a Junior in the Cosmetology program.
She had the following to say:
She went on to say that 9 out of 10 students would likely agree with her. Do you agree? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.
Author's Closing Remarks
I'm waiting on a call back from HASD Superintendent, Dr. Craig Butler, for questioning.
UPDATE (9/21/16 2:12 PM)
This new anti-book bag policy is being enforced at STEM alone.
At the High School and Career Center, students who bring backpacks are expected to leave them in their locker during the school day.
However, at the Academy of Sciences, backpacks are taken from the students at the start of the day and are stored inside a bin, according to several STEM students.
This new rule DOES NOT effect elementary or middle schoolers.
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