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Threats prompt security changes at Madison High School

Students required to carry clear or mesh backpacks, doors locked until 7:45 a.m.

Starting Thursday, students at Madison High School were required to carry only clear or mesh backpacks on campus.
Starting Thursday, students at Madison High School were required to carry only clear or mesh backpacks on campus.

Starting Thursday, students at Madison High School were required to carry clear or mesh backpacks on campus.

According to Northeast Independent School District spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor, continued rumors of threats prompted NEISD officials to make the decision late Wednesday night.

Parents were notified by phone, giving them only a few hours to find an allowable bag for their children to carry their books in.

Many parents and students at Madison Thursday morning said they were caught off guard by the new rules because they received notice about it so late, but said they understand why the policy is in place.

"We got notification last night about 10:15 p.m. (saying) no backpacks for today," said a parent named Michelle. "We were not prepared for that, but we understand, and I think they are doing everything possible (to keep students safe)."

The school has also decided to keep the doors locked until 7:45 a.m.

Students who showed up to school Thursday morning without mesh and clear backpacks had their backpacks searched and confiscated.

"It was a really late notice, so it was confusing and frustrating, because not everyone was involved, but I understand what they're trying to do," said student Alize Anthony.

On Monday, Madison High School went into lockdown when a student brought loaded guns to campus. That student was arrested and the guns confiscated.

The next day, the school went into a "soft lockdown" when a student from another school sent a threatening text to a Madison student.

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