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Book bags and backpacks banned in Broward schools

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(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

School officials have banned Broward County students from bringing book bags or backpacks to school for the final three days of the year.

Broward County Public Schools emailed parents and guardians about the temporary ban on Sunday.

It says all students in all grade levels at every school in the district cannot bring bags to school for the last three days of the school year. Any devices or books that need to be returned to school should be brought in today.

The email also told students, “If you have devices or books that need to be returned to your school, please do so by Monday.”

On May 24, 2022, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos fatally shot nineteen students and two teachers, and wounded seventeen other people, at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Earlier in the day, he shot his grandmother in the forehead, severely wounding her.

In a statement issued, a BCPS spokesperson said this is a “proactive” safety measure that it has been enforced during the final days of classes at “many of their district schools for several years.”