No backpacks, purses allowed at Kansas tech college due to safety concerns

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EMPORIA, Kan. (AP) -

An official with Flint Hills Technical College in Emporia says no backpacks, purses or bags will be allowed in classrooms Monday due to "safety concerns." 

The school's VP of student services, Lisa Kirmer, said in an email that Emporia police have been notified and the school has taken "measures to ensure the safety of all students and employees."

Kirmer did not specify the nature of the concerns, but did say that security is on campus and all buildings are clear.

"In order to assist with campus safety and security, students must leave backpacks/bags/purses at home or in their vehicle on September 11th, 2017. Anyone failing to do so, will be subject to search," Kirmer said. "Only the front/main entrance to each building will be open beginning at 8:00 a.m."

Classes will be in session, and officers will remain all campuses until classes end Monday night. 

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