Chamblee school bans backpacks after threats | News
CHAMBLEE, Ga. — A school in Chamblee is imposing a week-long ban on backpacks after anonymous threats were made toward the school, administration says.
Students at Chamblee Charter High School will not be permitted to bring backpacks onto campus during the week on March 14 after threats against the school surfaced on two separate occasions – once on March 4 and again on March 7. The threats came in the form of bathroom vandalism that reads "All will burn" written in red and another that says "If you come to school on 3/8, MAY GOD PROTECT YOU." There were also threats made through online social media channels.
As a result, school administration decided to impose the ban.
Student-athletes and those in the band will still be allowed to bring bags, but with restrictions. Those restrictions are as follows:
- Student-athletes who have athletic equipment in athletic bags may check their athletic bags in at the
main office lobby as they arrive to school, and retrieve them at the end of the day.
- Student-musicians may bring their instruments to the band/orchestra room at the beginning of the
- Students may carry purses or personal-item bags at school as long as they are small enough that a standard sized
text book COULD NOT fit inside. Any purse large enough to fit a textbook-sized item will not be permitted.
DeKalb County Schools Police and school administration are still investigating into who made the threat. In a letter to the school community, officials said that "the person(s) responsible will be held accountable to the highest extent of the law."
In addition, school officials have taken steps to increase security on campus and say they will be conducting random canine searches on campus.
In the letter, the school says: "We continue to request students and staff to report any suspicious activity or behavior whatsoever to an
administrator or other staff members."
Officials say a decision will be made late next week on whether students will be allowed to bring backpacks to school after the end of the week.