- Associated Press - Monday, June 15, 2015

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) - The Greenwood School District’s requirement that students use transparent backpacks will take effect this fall.

In April, the school board voted to require all students, regardless of age, to use backpacks that are made either of clear plastic or mesh.

Officials say transparent backpacks will make it difficult for students to bring cellphones, drugs, weapons or other contraband to campus.

School district spokeswoman Margaret Dean tells The Greenwood Commonwealth (https://bit.ly/1BbSHLc ) that local businesses have been notified of the change and should be putting the required backpacks in stock.

Phoebe Porter, manager of the Shoe Dept., says the store will have the mesh backpacks in different colors and brands of mesh in stock this week.

Eva Harris, manager at Hibbett Sports, says 60 percent of the store’s backpacks available this year will be mesh.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com


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