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After threats, Long Island school seals lockers, bans backpacks

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Classes at Wantagh High School on Long Island let out earlier Tuesday afternoon, and two weeks from Thursday, they'll do so for the summer. But for the last twelve days of school, students must carry all their books and binders in plastic baggies, sign in and out when they use the just one bathroom open to their gender, and submit to inspection whenever they enter the building.

"It is an inconvenience, but it's like an airport really," said Erik Beuttenmuller, an 11th grader who actually complained very little about the added security checkpoints around his high school. But he wants his locker back.

"That is horrible, especially with all the classes cramming for the regents you need all your books, which isn't fun lugging everything around," he said.

After finding a series of threatening messages left around the school, prompting at least one evacuation, Wantagh High not only sealed every locker in the building but it also forbade its students from wearing backpacks.

In a statement, the school said its first day without backpacks or lockers and with security cameras and clear plastic bag checks went smoothly and did not impact attendance. The school said the added security would remain in place indefinitely.

The Nassau County Police Department continues its investigation.

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