Father donates clear backpacks Palm Beach Central High following recent shooting
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by Vincent Crivelli Friday, September 7th 2018
WELLINGTON, Fla. (CBS12) — Three weeks ago, students, parents and fans were forced to run for their lives when gunfire erupted at Palm Beach Central High School in Wellington.
In the wake of the violence, new security measures have been implemented. Now one local father is making it his mission to help our students and our community safer under the Friday Night lights.
When it comes to life, Scott Harris says he won the lottery.
“I got really good kids, I am very lucky,” the father of three said.
However, his world was shaken three weeks ago when shots were fired at Palm Beach Central High School, less than five minutes from his home. He heard about the chaotic scene while driving with other parents whose kids were at the game.
“Of course, everybody was in panic mode,” Harris said.
Harris called his kids, then he raced to see them.
“I hugged my kids when I got home that’s pretty much all you can do was just hope and make sure your kids are safe,” he said.
However, Harris decided he wanted to do more than just hope.
“The question is keeping the kids safe and how do you do it,” he said.
When Harris heard Palm Beach County schools would only allow clear bags inside football games, he knew his company, Phys Ed Gear, could help.
“It was easy for us to do and it was something that was needed,” he said.
Harris decided to produce 2,500 of clear backpacks and give them away for free.
“I knew that we could get them in a day and we can get them out to the schools,” he said.
Harris’ goal is to keep his children and our community safe by giving law enforcement a clear view of what’s going inside football games, which cost him $3,000.
“At the same time, it’s one of those things where you just do what’s right,” he said.
Harris says he didn’t just contribute these backpacks to Palm Beach Central; he also donated them to seven other high schools in Palm Beach County.
“Even if it’s not helping my kids, it’s helping somebody’s kids and I hope they would do that same thing for me,” he said.