SECURITY MARION COUNTY SCHOOLS
Â Â Â Â Â Â Backpacks and bookbags are are common as desks and lockers in our public schools. Today was quite different in one county, however. As a result of three recent bomb threats at West Port High School, school leaders took a dramatic step today.
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Backpacks and bookbags were banned today in all Marion County Middle Schools and Highschools. The word got out fairly quickly because only about ten students brought bookbags to school. Leaders say inconvenience is a small price to pay for safety.
Principal of West Port High School Jayne Ellspermann says, "Our students have responded very well and we really have come together as a community as a result of this."
Principal of Vanguard High School David Ellers says, "If we felt there was any danger, we wouldn't be here."
Â Â Â Â Â Students and teachers alike just want this put behind them. Schools leaders are insistent that a few kids misbehaving should not take away from the majority of kids who are in school to learn. Across marion county, attendance was at 82%...down from the usual...94%.
by Sarah Pusateri WCJBÂ TV20 News.
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