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Flint district schools ban backpacks for safety concerns

Washington, May 4 (Prensa Latina) Public schools in Flint, Michigan, are enforcing a measure banning students from attending school with backpacks, including those made of clear plastic material, amid concerns over firearms, weapons and threats.

This new policy comes amid the ongoing debate and discussions of how to keep kids safe while in school was reignited after a gunman shot and killed six people, including three 9-year-olds, at a private Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee, last month.

Last week, a teacher was “grazed” by a bullet when a handgun accidentally went off in a classroom at a Knoxville, Tennessee high school. Police said a 14-year-old student was charged in the incident and the gun was inside his backpack.

In January, a 6-year-old brought a handgun to his Virginia elementary school, which he reportedly brought in his backpack, before he used it to shoot his 25-year-old teacher.

The numbers of gun violence seem unstoppable in the United States, where in just three and a half months since the start of the year nearly 160 mass shootings have popped, according to the Gun Violence Archive.

A Kaiser Family Foundation survey revealed that concern and fear of gun violence is widespread across the country, with most families having been affected by a gun-related incident.

Statistics show that one in five adults has had a loved one killed by gun, including homicide and suicide, reported CNN, warning these trends are part of an epidemic of violence nationwide.

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