Backpacks should not be carried from class to class
Students at Gull Lake High School should not be allowed to carry their backpacks around throughout the school day. Carrying backpacks from class to class causes back/spine pain and leads to more weapons and drug use. Each student within the school is provided a locker and a five minute passing time between classes to visit their locker and get what they need out of their backpack.
Gull Lake High School should no longer encourage the act of carrying backpacks throughout the school from class to class. With the weight of each individual textbook, along with the supplied iPad and any other necessities, the stress on the spine or shoulder can easily become unbearable. The spine of a high school student may also be still developing and should not have constant pressure against it. In a research done at the University of South Australia, it is estimated that a high schooler’s backpack is roughly 30 percent their body weight. That weight is outrageous and should be limited down to only bringing the backpack to school each morning and bringing it home, not carrying it all day long.
Safety threats are also a big factor that could easily be contributed to by backpacks. Weapons, such as guns or knifes, could, and have been, sneaked into schools without adult knowledge. That puts each and every student and staff member at risk. The stopping of carrying backpacks from class to class may not stop students from bringing weapons to school, but it might lower any temptation, since they know their locker could be searched throughout the school day.
According to a new survey by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, about 17 percent of American high school students drink, smoke or use drugs during the school day.
Drugs in schools are a problem and backpacks contribute to the problem. Drugs are brought into the school in backpacks and remain easily hidden throughout the day. The introduction of drug dog searches may serve to discourage students from bringing drugs and alcohol to school, but the removal of backpacks from classrooms would do even more to enforce Gull Lake’s no drug policy.
Backpacks take up too much room and should be in a locker. Classrooms are not meant to hold backpacks–they are meant to hold learning kids. Backpacks cause distractions and serve as obstacles for teachers.
Students should not be allowed to carry their backpacks around throughout the school day. Carrying backpacks from class to class is a distraction, safety hazard and might cause health problems down the road. School lockers are a privilege and should be used more. The time given between classes is meant to go to the locker and to the next class, not hang in the hallway with friends. Gull Lake High School should make a change for the better and take advantages of the lockers.
By Taylor Walls
Backpacks should be allowed in classrooms
At Gull Lake High School, most people bring their backpacks or bags into the classroom. The administrators at Gull Lake High School have discussed not allowing backpacks into classroom, forcing students to instead use their assigned lockers in the hallway. The students are split on this idea of backpacks in the classroom, but most believe that they should be allowed to continue carrying them because they are convenient and limit the amount of time students spend going back to their lockers between classes.
Incoming freshman look forward to being able to take their backpacks off in high school. They should have the choice to pick whether they wear a backpack in class or not.
[pullquote]“I like having backpacks because I don’t have to stop at my locker, and I can put my lunchbox inside,” freshman William Weiss said. [/pullquote]
Carrying backpacks and determining what materials are necessary helps students prepare for college or a job, when it is expected you will know what to bring to school or work.
However backpacks can be dangerous because students can bring in banned items without being checked, but there is also another alternative. The high school could invest in a weapon detector. This would promote safety while still allowing students the freedom to make decisions based on their own preferences and convenience. If not allowed to bring backpacks into class, students will need a longer passing time and the whole schedule will need to be reworked. To get across the school to a locker and back to a classroom can take up to five minutes and students will begin to accumulate high numbers of tardies.
Backpacks have been allowed in Gull Lake High School’s classrooms for many years, and it’s unfair to take them out of the routine now.
By Sam Millmier