When Mesquite ISD announced that all students would be required to carry clear backpacks and clear lunch bags to school this year, mom Elizabeth Rodriguez-Ross wasn’t happy.
“I didn’t like it because we didn’t have any input as a parent,” said Rodriguez-Ross. “I also thought it was going to be another financial hardship that I was gonna have to undertake.”
In a statement to CBS News Texas, Mesquite ISD said, “While clear bags may not prevent all prohibited items from entering our buildings, in general, clear bags are a deterrent or obstacle to those who intend to violate campus rules.”
CBS News Texas asked Dr. Alex del Carmen, a criminologist at Tarleton State University, if he thinks clear backpacks will make schools safer.
“To say that that clear backpacks are going to make such a difference that we don’t have to worry about school shootings anymore, or threats to a school; It would be obviously an overstatement,” Dr. del Carmen said. “But to say also that they’re not going to help, you know, we have no evidence to suggest that either.”