The school safety debate is still being waged. A Texas school district came up with a strange idea. They want students to start using see-through backpacks.
While gun control advocates fight for legislative change, schools are taking decided steps to protect students.
Clear backpacks are a good idea because there’s no way that they can be used against someone. An armed guard could potentially make a mistake and injure an innocent person. No one’s going to be harmed because of the color of their backpacks.
Ennis Independent School District sent parents a letter Monday informing them of their intentions.
“In Ennis ISD, the safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors has been and will remain our very top priority and a primary focus of district operations,” Superintendent John Chapman III said in a statement. “In doing so, we are providing heightened security measures.”
The district also plans on hiring additional officers to guard the school and installing more security cameras. Startin next school year, students in the district will be required to wear IDs around their necks while on campus.
“Some procedures will not be a convenience to students and staff,” Chapman said. “Unfortunately, heightened security is not a convenience. Look at our airports and large events we attend. Security takes time, and we ask for your patience.”
Gun control is controversial. Everyone can support common-sense measures, however. It might be annoying for students to wear ID cards and see-through backpacks but the mild discomfort is worth it.
The best to prevent mass shooters from attacking schools is to prevent them from getting on campus in the first place. Under the Texas district’s plan, shooters wouldn’t be able to blend in. Their weapons would be obvious in their backpacks. Non-students wouldn’t stand out because they don’t have the proper ID.
(Source: New York Post)