As school shootings and violence increase nationwide, parents and advocates are calling for better safety protocols to be put in place. As a result, some Texas officials have decided to require the use of clear or mesh backpacks in schools instead of focusing on issues of gun safety and regulations. Students in Dallas will be required to use clear or mesh backpacks when they return to school in the fall, Dallas Independent School District (ISD) said in an announcement Monday, according to The Dallas Morning News.
The district is the second-largest in the state. On its website, it noted that while the backpacks have to be completely transparent, opaque pouches will be permissible within student backpacks to hold personal items.
"By being able to easily see the items in the backpacks as students enter the school, campus personnel will be able to ensure that prohibited items are not included among the students’ belongings," the district wrote online. "Clear or mesh backpacks will also speed up students entering the school at the beginning of the day because opening and inspecting every backpack may not be necessary.”