Broward County, USA students may only use transparent backpacks

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Students in Broward County schools, one of the three that make up the South Florida metropolitan area (USA), will only be able to carry transparent backpacks and purses starting next school year, a measure designed to prevent violent incidents with firearms.

Broward County school authorities released the announcement on social networks this Saturday, which stipulates that the regulations will take effect as of August 21, the first day of the 2023-2024 school year.

According to authorities, the purpose of this requirement is to add greater security throughout the school district and provide "additional guarantees for students, staff and teachers."

The official statement indicates that the backpacks must be transparent and all the interior content visible.

The only exceptions allowed will be small, non-transparent bags for personal hygiene items, thermal food containers, school-approved sports-specific bags for athletic equipment, and musical instrument cases, previously permitted.

"By enforcing this requirement, our goal is to prevent potential security issues and foster a safe learning environment," the statement said.

Broward County is the sixth largest public school system in the United States with more than 250 thousand students.

Florida was the scene on February 14, 2018 of a bloody school incident when Nikolas Cruzwho was 19 years old at the time, shot inside the high school Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parklanda city located in Broward County, and killed 17 people, including students and teachers.

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