About the Series

PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs and Student Television Network investigate how schools across the country are rethinking what it means to feel safe and be safe at school.


To promote a safer environment, Rock Hill High School in South Carolina made a decision to ban all backpacks and purses at home football games.

Kevin Wren, Director Safety, Security, Environmental Management at Rock Hill School District, says this measure is just “one layer” of protection.

Our Lab at Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina has the story.

Editor/Narrator/Producer: Julia Blake Anderson
Editors/Videographers: Josh Cobbina and Chad O’Donnell

SRL adviser: Karin McKemey