City schools implement clear-bag policy, effective immediately

Published 11:30 am Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Effective immediately, the Brookhaven School District has implemented a new clear-bag policy.

Superintendent Dr. Rod Henderson said the policy is has been put into place in the interest of enhancing existing security measures at designated sporting and activity events.

Individuals are highly encouraged not to bring any type of bag to a school event. However, the following bags are permitted:

  • Bags that are clear, plastic or PVC, no larger than 12 x 6 x 15 inches
  • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
  • Small clutch bag, with or without a handle or strap (not exceeding 4.5 x 6.5 inches, approximately the size of a hand)

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Bags that are prohibited include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, briefcases, backpacks, cinch bags, and fanny packs that are not clear and/or exceed the size restriction; luggage or any kind, computer bags/cases, camera bags/cases, binocular bags/cases, or any bag larger than permissible size.

Exemptions may be made for medically-necessary items, after proper inspection at a gate entrance.

Any person or bag is subject to search at the discretion of district staff, including the use of metal detection or wands. District staff may refuse entry into an event.

Three men, ages 19-20, were arrested Friday night, Aug. 25, attempting to enter a Brookhaven High School football home game. The three were wearing masks and backpacks, and were armed with weapons.