Students at Coronado and Franklin high schools restricted from carrying backpacks

Boy wearing backpack in classroom

Some El Paso high school students are no longer allowed to carry a backpack to school, according to El Paso Independent School District officials.

Starting on Friday, students at Coronado High School will not be allowed to carry backpacks until further notice, said district spokesman Gustavo Reveles Acosta.

Reveles Acosta said a 16-year-old Coronado High School student was arrested Thursday in connection with a threat made against the school this week

. Reveles Acosta said the student faces charges of making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony.

He said the teenage boy admitted to making the threat to investigators and school administrators.

Reveles Acosta said the district takes all threats of violence against students and schools seriously and investigates all allegations thoroughly. Any person found to have made such threats will be prosecuted accordingly.

Students are allowed to carry school-issued laptop bags, lunch bags and small purses.

EPISD spokeswoman Melissa Martinez said students at Franklin High School are also not allowed to carry backpacks on campus.

A parent of a Franklin High School student told KFOX14 their child had not been allowed to carry their backpack for two weeks. She said students at Franklin HS were given permission carry their backpacks on Thursday.

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