Local high school bans backpacks, purses in class


TAYLORVILLE, Ill. (WAND) - The Taylorville School Board approved a new safety policy that, in part, bans students from carrying backpacks or purses to class at Taylorville High School.

The new policy takes effect Monday. While students may bring bags to school, they must leave those bags in their lockers rather than carry them to class, Principal Matt Hutchison said.

Hutchison said students began carrying purses and backpacks from class to class in recent years.

He said school officials are also examining other aspects of school safety and consulting with local law enforcement.

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