Long Island School Bans Backpacks

    Students at Leo Catholic High School walk down the hallway together at the end of the day at the school in Chicago, Illinois February 14, 2013. In places like Chicago's Leo Catholic boys' high school, student numbers have plummeted from 1,200 students in the 1950s to around 150 this year. This decline has implications for schools throughout the nation, say Catholic school supporters. According to the National Catholic Education Association, the 2 million U.S. students they serve save the nation approximately $21 billion a year in public school costs. Photo taken February 14.    REUTERS/Jim Young  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION EDUCATION) - RTXZ7H6

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    Students at Wantagh High School on New York’s Long Island must now carry their books in clear plastic bags and may no longer access their lockers after the school banned backpacks. The school said it’s received numerous bomb threats recently. In addition to the backpack ban and locker lockout, new security cameras were placed throughout the school, and all but one of the bathrooms have been closed until new ones that can be monitored will be opened. “I think it’s a little extreme,” one father said, “but I don’t mind it because if something were to happen, I’d hold them liable. I’d be down there screaming.”

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