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Transparent backpacks could become requirement at some schools

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Many district leaders disagree, and they are in the process of proposing a clear backpack requirement next year in 14 high incident middle and high schools. Many district leaders disagree, and they are in the process of proposing a clear backpack requirement next year in 14 high incident middle and high schools.
The idea comes from Chicago Public Schools, where officials claim clear backpacks have cut down on school incidents. The idea comes from Chicago Public Schools, where officials claim clear backpacks have cut down on school incidents.

(WMC-TV) - Clear or see-through backpacks may be mandatory at some Shelby County schools next year, and the idea could eventually spread districtwide.

The idea comes from Chicago Public Schools, where officials claim clear backpacks have cut down on school incidents.

East High School senior Thaddeus Person has nothing to hide, but he still does not want a transparent backpack.

"I wouldn't like a clear backpack ... For other people to see what I'm carrying," said Person.

He does not believe transparent backpacks would necessarily cut down on campus crime.

"They'll still have other ways to get something into the school," said Person.

Many district leaders disagree, and they are in the process of proposing a clear backpack requirement next year in 14 high incident middle and high schools.

"I don't have a problem having the clear backpacks district-wide. It's something that provides a clear boundary of safety for all students," said school board member Shante Avant.

Some say clear backpacks would also allow parents to keep track of what their kids are carrying but not all are on board with the idea

"What you're doing in invading children's privacy, and let's say they want to bring their gym clothes, underwear, and stuff. That's going to be somewhat embarrassing," said Memphian Victor Benson.

A majority of the school board will have to approve the clear backpack plan. End of the year data will determine the pilot schools.

If passed, the backpacks would be provided to students free of charge.

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