Peoria High School Bans Purses

Students violated purse size compromise

Wednesday, Jan 13, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM CDT
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PURSE: Ladys Louis Vuitton brown monogram canvas logo hand bag; Trocadero; rect. shape, tan piping; LV logo side hand strap; zipper top; brown leather interior; 6"T x 9.55"W x 2.0"D.; PURSE: Ladys Louis Vuitton brown monogram canvas hand bag; rect. shape, tan leather shoulder strap; zipper top; brown material interior; 5.5"T x 8.25"W x 1.5"D.; PURSE: Ladys Louis Vuitton brown Monogram canvas travel bag; Neverfull MM; rect. shape, twin tan leather hand straps; open top; brown striped material interior; 11"T x 14"W x 6"D.

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A Peoria Illinois high school has taken an intriguing step to keep its hallways free of clutter.

They’re banning purses.

"Girls' purses have become so huge it was difficult for teachers to walk up and down aisles of the classroom," Robin Goff, dean of students told the Peoria Journal Star. "Teachers and students were tripping in the aisles. It had become a fire hazard, too."

Now the students at East Peoria Community High School have only one option for carrying their stuff: A black-and-white string knapsack with the school name emblazoned across it.

Administrators felt compelled to enact the ban after students failed to comply with a compromise that allowed girls to carry purses that were no larger than a sheet of paper.

Backpacks were banned by the school after September 11, 2001 for safety fears.
 

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