High School Bans Backpacks, Closes Bathrooms, Seals Lockers After Bomb Threats

Students at Wantagh High School on Long Island are being required to use clear plastic bags

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    A Long Island high school is banning backpacks, sealing lockers and closing every bathroom except one after a series of bomb threats has disrupted classes in recent weeks. Greg Cergol reports. (Published Tuesday, May 27, 2014)

    A Long Island high school is banning backpacks, sealing lockers and closing every bathroom except one after a series of bomb threats has disrupted classes in recent weeks.

    The backpack and bathroom rule went into effect Tuesday, according to a Wantagh High School spokeswoman. Students were ordered to carry all their belongings in clear bags, which were being checked when they arrived in the morning and returned after lunch.

    All school bathrooms were closed except one for boys and one for girls, and students were being required to sign in and out. 

    One of the threats on a bathroom wall earlier this month said "Blowing up the skool today. It's no joke I've had enough." 

    Students had to clean out their lockers Friday, which will be sealed for the rest of the year.

    The last day of classes is June 12.

    Crime Stoppers was offering a reward of up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the threats.

    --Greg Cergol contributed to this story