Indiana School Requires Students to Wear a Clear Backpack Following Bomb Threat

Frankton Junior-Senior High School is now enforcing a clear backpack policy after a bomb threat earlier this year.

Students attending Frankton Junior-Senior High School in Indiana are now required to have a clear backpack. 

The clear backpack policy is just one of the new security measures the school has decided to enforce since it experienced a bomb threat in September.

"As a parent, you want your kids to go to school and feel safe and be safe," said Brent Brobston, a parent and the athletic director to Fox 59.

Not only do students have to have a clear backpack, they also are required to leave bags in their lockers until school is over.

"You don’t want to see that happen, but I think our administration has done a good job in terms of being proactive," Brobston said.

Before the clear backpack policy went into effect, the school used metal detector wands after the threat.

Bobby Fields, Superintendent of Frankton-Lapel Community Schools, told Fox 59 if they were to start using the metal detector wands again, the backpacks would make the process easier.

"If we do a metal detector check, which we did some, you know you [can] easily see if you wand the backpack and it goes off, you see what is in there and let that kid go on through," he said.

He also said the backpack policy might be put into place at Lapel High School.

"We are going to have further discussion on what are we going to do with this policy. Are we going to make it district wide? Just at the high school?" Fields said.

The clear backpacks have also helped school officials see other unwanted things such as vaping products, the outlet reported.

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