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Prince George's County (Md.) district will require clear backpacks for students

July 12, 2023
The new superintendent also says that weapon detectors will be installed at all high schools and some middle schools.

Weapons detectors will be installed at every high school and some middle schools in Prince George’s County, Md., as part of new safety measures to reduce the rise in gun incidents reported on campuses,

The Washington Post reports that the detectors will be in place before the start of the school year next month. High school and middle school students will also be required to use clear backpacks.

The district's new superintendent, Millard House II, announced the security initiatives.

The school system has experienced an increase in the number of guns being brought into schools, along with other safety incidents, including fights and bullying. 

In response to security concerns, more districts are requiring clear bags for students and installing weapons detectors. 

In addition to school safety, House is convening a work group focused on school bus safety. Bus drivers have complained about safety, including buttons meant to alert police in emergencies that often malfunction. 

House was hired earlier this year after the state of Texas took over operations of the Houston Independent School District and removed House as superintendent.

Prince George's County is paying House $345,000 a year, according to a contract approved by the school board in June. 

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