The school bus company that supplied the school bags for students in Greenville, Tennessee, has been fined $1.5 million for providing them with “school bus backpacks” for the purpose of transporting students in the county.
The bags are designed to be used in school and are designed for children who have special needs.
The school district was fined $25,000 in March.
“These backpacks are designed primarily to provide students with mobility,” the state Department of Education said in a statement.
“School bus backpads are designed specifically to allow students to carry a backpack and to allow them to have a more comfortable, less bulky, and less burdensome environment.”
In January, the school district began a “zero tolerance” policy for students who were caught in the act of distributing the bags, with fines up to $10,000.
The company that produced the bags told the school board that they were not designed to carry more than five students.
However, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that the school bus backpacking bag was designed to contain between eight and 10 students and was “designed to facilitate transportation of more than one student” with the intent of distributing them to students who “may have special medical needs.”
The Department of Homeland Security said that school buses were being used in the United States to transport people with special needs, and that it was investigating reports of students being placed in the backpacks.
“I am aware of the complaints and concerns that have been raised,” said Department of Justice Special Agent in Charge John Bunch.
“There are also ongoing investigations into allegations of misconduct and abuse of school transportation resources in Tennessee,” he said.