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'Clear bag policy' goes into effect at Douglas High School

Douglas High School
Posted at 3:18 AM, Oct 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-21 08:50:38-04

DOUGLAS, Ariz. - The new clear bag policy goes into effect at Douglas High School on Monday, October 21.

Under the new policy, students at the high school can only carry approved clear backpacks and bags.

Bags and backpacks that are not clear and therefore not approved will be confiscated and held until the end of the school day.

The Douglas Unified School District took to Facebook last week, in a post they depicted what was approved and not approved under the new policy.

The district also said bags may be scanned and searched, however, KGUN9 spoke to Douglas Unified School District Superintendent Ana Samaniego who said the district has not purchased any wand scanner or metal detectors at this time.

"We don't have scanners, we don't have metal detectors and we're not going to be searching every kid as they come in," said Samaniego.

Samaniego went on to say the district decided to include those specific words in the Facebook post in case procedures change in the future.

Samaniego also added this kind of policy has been something the district has talked about prior to the incident that happened two weeks ago when someone allegedly brought a gun onto campus.

"We've been discussing the clear backpack idea for some time, I wanna say at least over a year not directly related to any one particular idea, but you know, pondering about the idea, no decision was ever made," she said.

However, Samaniego did go on to say it was the incident involving a gun that pushed the district to implement the clear bag policy.

Samaniego said the district has not discussed how long the policy will be in place, but did say it will be in place for the rest of this school year.