Franklin Regional HS Issues Clear Backpacks Donated by #1 Cochran

Pittsburgh, PA – May 5, 2014 – In the aftermath of the April 9th stabbing at Franklin Regional Senior High School, the school has implemented a new rule prohibiting students from carrying backpacks throughout the school day, unless those bags are clear.

#1 Cochran purchased 1,500 clear backpacks, enough for all of the 1,396 students at the Senior High School. The backpacks, which feature the slogan “FR Strong”, were distributed to the students over the course of the school’s lunch breaks earlier today.

Dirk Harper, #1 Cochran Team Member and parent of a Franklin Regional High School student, said “It’s a small step in rebuilding the feeling of security at the school, but as a parent, I think the backpacks will help give the students, faculty and parents alike, some peace of mind”.

“An incident like this is devastating, especially when it happens in our own backyard. It’s important to let the school district know they have the support of their community. It’s our responsibility to do what we can so the victims and their families can focus on their recovery,” said Rob Cochran, president and CEO of #1 Cochran.

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About #1 Cochran
#1 Cochran is Western Pennsylvania’s leading automotive retailer and one of the top private dealer groups in the nation. Founded in 1965 as a single-point Pontiac dealership, the company now operates 21 new-vehicle franchises representing 16 domestic and imported brands. With the largest geographic footprint of any dealer in the Greater Pittsburgh region, #1 Cochran showrooms are located throughout Monroeville, Robinson Twp., Allegheny Valley, South Hills and North Hills. Through its various sales, service, and collision repair operations, the company employs more than 800 team members. #1 Cochran is the only automotive company ever to win the Pittsburgh Business Ethics award and the only Pittsburgh dealer endorsed by More information is available at

About Franklin Regional School District
The Franklin Regional School District is located approximately 20 miles East of Pittsburgh and serves the communities of Export, Murrysville and portions of Delmont. With more than 3,700 students and nearly 400 staff members, the district operates three Elementary Schools, a Middle School and a Senior High School. Franklin Regional consistently ranks among the top 10 school districts by the Pittsburgh Business times and is known for student achievements in the performing arts, as well as Sectional, WPIAL and PIAA championships. More information is available at

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