Many DeKalb County schools restricted students from bringing backpacks and book bags during the last week of school, and lockers were cleaned out a week ago.
"All backpacks brought to school will be confiscated upon entering the building," said Redan Middle School principal Karen Davis in a recorded message to parents.
The school district backed up that practice with its own statement:
“The DeKalb County School District places safety among its highest priorities. Its safety and security protocols remain in place, and the district continually works with several law enforcement agencies at all levels, especially this time of year, to keep its students and staff members safe.”
Cobb County said school personnel were extra vigilant in watching out for trouble.
“As is the case year-round, student and staff safety is always our top priority. As we near the end of the school year, officers at our high schools are on patrol for additional hours (including nights and weekends) and are particularly conscious of the potential for increased student vandalism incidents,” said spokeswoman Nan Kiel.
Henry County officials said they weren’t treating the end of school differently than any time of year, but know that students may be tempted to be disobedient.
“We treat every day the same with a strong emphasis on student and staff safety and security. We do recognize that certain dates and times of the year bring a unique focus to these issues, and those isolated dates and times might require more comprehensive discussions to ensure further measures are not needed,” said spokesman John Hardin. “Our district works hard to involve all stakeholders, internally and externally, and remind them to remain vigilant and report issues they know might be problematic when it comes to ensuring safety and security throughout Henry County Schools.”