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Wissahickon Students Face Strict Backpack Rules


LOWER GWYNEDD, Pa. (CBS 3) ― High School students in the Ambler, Pennsylvania, headed back to school Tuesday facing new security measures limiting their choice of backpacks.

Effective Tuesday, all students in the Wissahickon School District are required to carry clear bags.

Students are currently permitted to bring mesh backpacks to school, but once inside the building, they must change to a clear backpack.

The district approved the clear backpack mandate at the recommendation of the School Safety Taskforce. The taskforce was formed after a student at Springfield Township High School shot and killed himself inside the school last year.

Under the new guidelines, students will be allowed to carry a small bag for private items, instruments and athletic gear.

Wissahickon High School principal Bill Hayes said he knows the decision is not without its flaws.

"Nothing is fool-proof, we know that, but if this measure causes one or two kids to rethink bringing an inappropriate or illegitimate item to the school, then we accomplished what we wanted to do," he said.

Officials hope the clear backpacks will also prevent the theft of expensive devices brought into the school, such as iPods.

Wissahickon is the third high school in Montgomery County to adopt clear backpacks.

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