Lake Orion Schools Now Require the Use of Clear Backpacks
When students in the Lake Orion school district return to school on Monday, December 13, see-through backpacks will be required. Geographically, Lake Orion is the closest school district to Oxford High School, the site of a deadly mass shooting on November 30 that left four high school students dead.
A spokesman for administrators with Lake Orion Community Schools issued a statement to the Oakland Press, saying they've fielded a number of suggestions about increased safety in the district.
”The Lake Orion Community Schools administration is consistently reviewing and improving safety and security measures within the district’s schools and buildings. The LOCS staff and community have provided great support in recent days, offering suggestions on safety and security measures and each is accepted and appreciated.
The statement goes on to explain the reson for the clear-backpack requirement.
“Moving Lake Orion High School to clear backpacks is another step in that process. We’ve had tremendous community response, including donations for families in need, around the announcement of the shift to clear backpacks when students return to in-person learning next week and we appreciate that connection. Instead of eliminating backpacks, we’re moving toward the clear version because students need items to continue their quality education.”
Law enforcement will be present at some school buildings and students may be subjected to verbal questions as they enter buildings in order to facilitate a more secure learning environment.
The required use of see-through backpacks has increased in the last years since the deadly school shooting in Parkland, Florida in 2018.