Backpack, Bag Restrictions at Hazleton Area H.S.

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HAZLE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- More restrictions have been set on what types of bags students at Hazleton Area High School can bring to school.

Earlier this year, Hazleton Area banned backpacks of any type at the high school. Now, the district has announced tighter restrictions on any other types of bags that can be brought into the school.

Starting next month, bags will have to fit into a frame to be allowed inside the school.

"It's so easy for them to put anything in the backpack and they can hurt each other inside. Things aren't like they used to be in this area at all," Brunilda Martinez said.

The school district posted a photo with a notice saying that all other bags such as purses and laptop bags will have to fit into a frame that measures 8 1/2" x 11" x 4".

Some parents Newswatch 16 spoke with say they're in favor of the backpack restrictions in light of all the school shooting that have happened across the country.

"They're looking out for their safety, so yeah it's a good thing how they're doing this," Tara Brandmier said.

"They have lockers. They can keep their books in their lockers," Martinez said.

In addition to the restrictions on bags, the school district is also banning the use of earbuds.

The Hazleton Area superintendent says that earbuds could distract a student if a shooter is inside the school.


  • Fredric Underhill

    This is evidence educators should never run a school. 8 1/2 x 11 sheet is the size if a legal page NOT THE PAD.
    Books are often 4” or more thick.

    If the student borrows a book from the library, they will not be able to return it.

    Spiral binder with 100 sheets are 3” thick. What about the books?

    How about laptops?

  • Bill Gallagher

    You know what won’t fit in there? The base for any medium size laptop anybody in my family has. Neither of my son’s laptops would fit WITHOUT THE BAG. Fail, Hazleton Area.

  • Jeff _

    Insane idea. Does no one have homework? Or bring a lunch? And have after school sports equipment that comes and goes from school? All those things are bigger than a handgun or a knife.

  • jimbrony

    Wow, great idea. I don’t know of any handguns that would fit into a 8-1/2 x 11 x 4 inch box. What genius came up with this idea? When our kids came home from school, the books they needed to do their homework with would fill a mini-van.

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