A temporary ban on backpacks started this week at Marion High School.
The school's principal announced the ban on backpacks last week, stating students can only carry clear or mesh backpacks, WSIL-TV reported. The school is also selling mesh backpacks for about $15.
"We know it's an inconvenience for them, but in the long run we are looking at the safety for all of us," Principal John Ohnesorge told WSIL-TV.
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Students that do not have clear or mesh bags will have to take their book bags to the office until the end of school day. The principal also said students tend to have fewer textbooks because of Chromebooks, and carrying backpacks is "not as necessary as what it used to be 10 years ago," according to the WSIL-TV report.
Mary Cooley: 618-239-2535, @MaryCooleyBND