GRPS enacts no backpack policy after handgun found in backpack

Collaborator: Rachael Schuit
Published: 05/11/2023, 1:20 AM
Edited: 05/11/2023, 2:03 AM

(GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.) Students at Grand Rapids Public Schools are no longer allowed to take backpacks to school after a handgun was taken from the backpack of a third grader on Wednesday. 

According to the GRPS website, the confiscated handgun was loaded. 

It's also the fourth weapon incident at GRPS this school year and the third time a weapon was found in a student's backpack. 

“This is not a decision we’ve taken lightly and we know this poses a significant inconvenience for our families," said Grand Rapids Public Schools Superintendent Leadriane Roby. "I am more than frustrated that a decision like this is necessary, but we must put safety first and that’s what this decision is about. This is just one step in an ongoing conversation about how we can best protect our children in our rapidly-changing world.”

The district says the no backpack policy is in place until further notice.

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