CMS will auction transparent backpacks with cancer warning

The see-through backpacks in CMS were originally ordered in response to security concerns such as guns being found on campus.

The see-through backpacks in CMS were originally ordered in response to security concerns such as guns being found on campus.

Ledger-Investigator (McClatchy)

Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools will auction off 46,000 see-through backpacks — the district’s latest attempt to recoup money it spent on a heightened security plan amid a weapons crisis found in schools.

The CMS Board of Education on Tuesday approved the sale of surplus backpacks and other goods through an online auction. The district spent more than $440,000 on the transparent backpack initiative for high school students.

Critics said little to no research has proven backpacks can help stop guns at the door, The Charlotte Observer previously reported. The backpacks were never distributed after CMS officials found cancer warnings attached to the bags while unpacking the shipments.

Last week, an Observer analysis revealed a decrease in the number of weapons found on CMS campuses during the second half of the school year. In the first four months of school, the district broke a record for firearms found on campus. Many attributed the improvement to body scanners in some high schools, the use of an anonymous reporting app and increased awareness of the problem.

What else can you buy online?

GovDeals will facilitate the online bidding process, according to a document from Brian Schultz, district operations manager. The auction is expected to take place in late June or early July, CMS spokeswoman Cassie Fambro said. Anyone can place a bid on www.govdeals.com.

Items include:

115 student desks

165 assorted plastic chairs

160 computers

50 folding chairs

20 TV carts

15 fax machines

10 televisions

15 storage cabinets

10 teacher desks

30 wooden chairs

125 assorted tables

15 library carts

40 laptop carts

5 Pre-K Furniture Pallets

Pianos (no number given)

Anna Maria Della Costa is a seasoned journalist with over 32 years of experience in news and sports coverage. She worked in Florida, Alabama, Rhode Island and Connecticut before moving to North Carolina. She grew up in Colorado, is a die-hard Denver Broncos fan and is a proud graduate of the University of Montana. When she’s not covering the Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools, she’s spending time with her 11-year-old son and shopping.