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21
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Debate Score:28
Arguments:23
Total Votes:28
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Should backpacks be allowed in school?

It has been argued that backpacks are dangerous, can be used to carry weapons, and in the case of students with a large number of books, unhealthy. Do you think banning backbacks in school is an effective strategy. 

Yes

Side Score: 21
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No

Side Score: 7
2 points

less time running to lockers makes students earlier to classes

Side: Yes
1 point

Backpacks should be allowed in school because not everyone has time to run to their lockers in between every class. With the use of a backpack you can carry two or more subjects with you, eliminating the major hurry between classes.

Side: Yes
ehawkins(355) Disputed
2 points

How long does does it take to get to class? Couldn't you carry more than one book with you? Doesn't your school have iPads? Wouldn't all these things make it more effective to NOT have backpacks. Also, do you want to risk the danger of someone bringing a weapon into the building?

Side: No
1 point

students have a need for backbacks. keeping them completely out of schools and/or in our lockers does not help us when going to and from classes. We have in our school district 3 minutes in between classes and with a dual level school it does not help with the time management issues.

Side: Yes
ehawkins(355) Disputed
1 point

Why can't you bring more than one book to class? Aren't some of your classes near your locker? Is each class miles from the other? This seems more like an ease issue than a real problem.

Side: No
beverly(22) Disputed
1 point

if they are wanting us to bring more books to class then just one, then why do they not let us bring our backpacks, so we are allowed to carry more books. also when discussing how far away our classes are in my case we are very far away. i have class on the bottom floor then I have to walk to the top then to the bottom again and then back up again so in a sense this no backpack issue is just making things harder for me when i am trying to get to class in under a certain amount of time.

Side: Yes
1 point

With 3 mintues between classes kids need a backpack to carry their things to class. They need the backpacks because running back and forth to your locker in 3 mintues is too little time for some kids.

Side: Yes
1 point

Backpacks should be allowed in school. They could possibly cause back issues, but banning the backpacks is an ineffective way of solving the issue. In order to take care of this issue, the students need to be educated on proper ways of wearing and packing their backpacks.

Side: Yes

Backbacks allow for quicker movement in between classes so we arent late to our next class.

Side: Yes
1 point

we have few books on our ipads so they do not save time running between classes

Side: Yes
1 point

The argument about the health concerns for our backs is not very valid. I had classes last year that I had to bring mulitple books to because I didn't have time to make it back to my locker before the next class started. I never had 40 pounds of books on my back. The max was probably about 20. Lockers are very helpful, but in a school that has muliple levels, banning backpacks is not a good idea.

Side: Yes
1 point

I think that backpacks should be allowed in school because they are convient for students to use. Backpacks help students stay organized and they help them to manage their time better. They allow students to have more time in between classes. They also allow students to carry their books, pencils, and their personal items with them.

Side: Yes
3 points

(Concerns:) Backpacks allow for a wide possiblity of side effects that outweigh carrying around all of your stuff from class to class without going to your locker. There is a real threat of having weapons being carried into schools with 3000+ students by way of backpacks. They allow for an easy place to hide problematic items like guns, drugs, and even too many books. While it is a rather avoidable concern, backpacks being too heavy can also be considered an issue. Avoiding large scale catastrophies in school are what the makers of this rule are concerned with.

Side: No
1 point

The school has legitimate concerns to saftey and controlling the possesion of certain items by disallowing them.

Side: No
14mlehmkuhl(11) Disputed
3 points

Just because the school staff has concerns about one particular student carrying a weapon into the building, the entire student body should not be punished. Backpacks are allowed into the building each day, they just aren't allowed to go into classrooms. A weapon could still be carried onto the premises. All a student would have to do is ask to go to their locker and then they could grab the weapon. Eliminating backpacks will not solve the problem.

Side: Yes
1 point

exactly eliminateing backpacks from classrooms doesnt eliminate weapons

Side: Yes
1 point

Good argument. The fact that schools allow backpacks in the building is does seem to be out of step with the idea that they could carry weapons in them. If they got them in the building, they don't need them in their backpacks to use them.

Side: Yes
ehawkins(355) Disputed
1 point

Can you really argue your point in just one sentence? There are a lot of things to consider with the question. What are the real safety concerns? "Controlling the possession of certain items by disallowing them"? What are you saying?

Side: Yes
bammm(13) Clarified
1 point

Tripping in the aisle on a back can be a saftey issue. I see where their action came from because before the ban there were always loads of backpacks piled up near the desks. Tripping on one is not a hard thing to do.

Side: Yes
SwagYolo(13) Disputed
1 point

The school does have the right to be concerned about the safety of students, but not by controlling what we can bring to class. Students will always find a way to sneak whatever they are trying to hide into a class room, whether it be in a purse or you stuff it into a pocket. I think that there should be more freedom allowed with backpacks within school. Overall, not allowing them into classrooms won't help with safety, and it just makes the students hate administration even more.

Side: Yes
1 point

I agree. If a student was going to try to carry a weapon into a classroom, they will find another way to transport it. Not having a backpack WILL NOT STOP a person with the intent to carry a weapon. A large purse, coat, sweat shirt, or bag will carry a weapon as well as a backpack will.

Side: Yes
14tswisse(11) Disputed
1 point

people can still easily carry items in other places besides backpacks

Side: Yes