Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Mr. Orwell, Your Table Is Ready!

I was watching Action News this morning and this story on "No Back Packs"
in the schools came on.

He is an excerpt:

"August 28, 2007 - A Montgomery County school district is facing student criticism over a backpack ban. Officials want students to wear see-through knapsacks in school, saying it's a safety issue.

When classes start at Wissachickon High School clear backpacks are going to be the rule. Students will be able to bring their regular backpacks to school, but if they want to carry bags in the halls during the school day, those bags will have to be clear plastic or see-through mesh."

Does anyone think this will do anything? Do they really think that if a kid is going to bring a gun to school that hiding it between two books will not occur to them? Maybe if they make armed school violation an automatic "tried as an adult" offense, there would be a reduction in these high school attacks.

If they are that worried, why don't they just eliminate books and have a computer screen on every desk and the books online. They can also require the kids all wear a single slip on jumpsuit with no pockets.

This just seems ridiculous to me. As someone who has a highschool age child, I think this sounds like something that someone from the PTA thought up.


At 10:29 AM, Blogger Wyatt Earp said...

Insanity. It's like the city's proposal to outlaw all guns. Do they really think the criminals won't find a way to buy them on the street?

It's the liberal mindset that brings useless policies such as these to bear.

At 10:33 AM, Blogger RT said...

One of my students threatened our school last year. The site of his back pack actually made me really scared. What scared me even more was that after he threatened the school and was sent for "help," a few weeks later, was that they let him back in the school (probably because the parents threatened to sue).

That was the threat I knew about. There are plenty we never know of because they only tell the teachers in contact with the student.

We've had kids caught with knives and drugs in those back packs, too.

It is a problem.

(An aside: When I was in school "you" were a real dork if you carried you books in a bag of any sort. HA!)

At 10:48 AM, Blogger radio gnome said...


Going to a school named Wissachicken would be enough for me to conceal something.

At 11:11 AM, Blogger Queen of Dysfunction said...

We have turned into a nation of knee-jerk histrionics.

At 1:15 PM, Blogger Deathlok said...

"knee-jerk histrionics"?? I'm am sooo using that this week in a sentence.

RT, you are correct. You use to just grab your books for class and go.

They wouldn't need backpacks if they were told to keep their toys home or in their lockers.

Between the MP3 players, DVD players, radar teacher detectors, schools are a zoo.

At 3:23 PM, Blogger BobG said...

And if the kids start keeping them in their baggy pants, what is next? See-through trousers?

At 5:03 PM, Blogger Mrs Grim said...

The Wissachicken is a typo, it's actually Wissahicken and just a couple miles from here. I don't think the see-through backpacks will be effective. They really should also use metal detectors and update their dress codes.

Abington JR and Sr highs have scares a few times a year, ever since Columbine, and have now set up an automated phone system that contacts up to 6 phone numbers for kid's families in an emergency. It works for early snow closings, etc, but also notifies parents if there is an incident at one of the schools.

At 7:07 PM, Blogger grimjack said...

The solution is simple- Bring back nuns. Even in public schools. Pull a gun on a nun, and she will beat the shit out of you with a ruler. Threaten to shoot up the school- a nun beats the shit out of you with a ruler. Believe me- no one brought guns or knives to Incarnation in Olney. Too many nuns.

At 8:17 PM, Blogger Deathlok said...

Well Said Grim.

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Mrs Grim said...

This just in, in Montgomery County - Colonial School District agreed to allow random, unannounced car and locker searches by the police in their schools. I say, Yay.


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