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In what is being called a proactive measure that is part of an ongoing safety initiative, the Berkeley County School District piloted a "Clear Bag or No Bag" entry procedure for those attending high school football games at Goose Creek High School starting with the game Friday against visiting Fort Dorchester.
The statement released by the district Oct. 2 said the new rule will take effect on Oct. 6 and would advance district security and safety measures.
"Implementing the 'Clear Bag or No Bag' entry procedure allows staff and on-site law enforcement to quickly and easily identify prohibited items thus reducing delays that result from traditional bag searches," said Tim Knight, BCSD Safety and Security Coordinator. "We want our fans and guests to enter and enjoy our facilities with the peace of mind that we are taking proactive steps necessary to ensure their safety and the safety of their families."
The statement does not mention a specific threat but said Goose Creek High is the best place to begin the new district wide safety initiative.
"As Goose Creek High School is currently our largest high school, it was the best location to pilot this new safety measure," Knight said.
Each ticketed individual is allowed to carry one clear tote bag, not to exceed 12 inches by 6 inches by 12 inches and a small clutch or wallet can be included in this clear tote if it does not exceed 4.5 inches by 6.5 inches. A clear tote bag is not required to carry small permissible items such as keys, wallets, cell phones, credit cards and cash.
"We prefer our fans and guests to attend events without carrying any bag; however, we understand that it is necessary for some individuals to utilize a non-clear bag for medically necessary items or equipment," Knight said.
"We commend and applaud Berkeley County School District for their willingness to pilot a 'Clear Bag or No Bag' entry procedure and look forward to working alongside their leaders to continue to improve safety measures at district schools and facilities," said Berkeley County Sheriff Duane Lewis. "It is important that we consider all proactive measures and continue to explore all options available to us to ensure the safety of the students."
In addition, the district wants to remind fans that once they have received clearance to enter the event, they will not be allowed to re-enter.
The Berkeley County School District will begin enforcing its "Clear Bag or No Bag" policy beginning Friday.
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