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Schools across the country are banning backpacks amid Florida shooting


WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) -- Multiple schools across the country have banned students from bringing in backpacks after a school shooting in Parkland, Fla. killed 17 people.

Niles McKinley High School in Ohio has already banned backpacks effective immediately, according to WKBN. Even though students will be allowed to carry small purses and lunch boxes, the school believes banning backpacks will make every student feel safe.

In the same high school a year ago, backpacks were banned after a bomb threat.

Manatee County in Florida has also banned backpacks for middle and high school students.

Students who did bring backpacks were thoroughly checked on Friday. WFLA reports schools took the backpacks away from students for the rest of the day even if they only had paper and pencils which they were using for the day.

Eventually, Manatee County lifted their ban on backpacks and announced there were no plans to "institute another temporary ban," reports SRQ Magazine.

Marion High School in Illinois banned backpacks entirely before changing their policy. Currently, students can bring in clear backpacks and must place them in their lockers, according to WPSD.

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