Backpacks banned at Marshall High School

Backpacks banned at Marshall High School

POSTED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 7:06am

UPDATED: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 - 10:12am

Backpacks have been banned from Marshall Junior High School after students were caught with pocket knives on campus Friday.

According to Interim Superintendent Brian Nichols, the skirmishes began Thursday morning with a fight on the junior high school campus, and on Friday students were caught carrying knives on campus.

“The knives were not used to fight, and they were not displayed,” Nichols said. “Administrators were told by students that certain students had knives, and administrators proactively went out and confiscated the weapons.”

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When I was in school way back in the 1960's we were allowed to carry knives, we just could not display them openly. I have had teachers take up my knife during class, but he or she always gave it back to me when class was over.

If today's generation had the benefit of pulling a cotton sack for a few years they would not be so enamored with backpacks. Through high school and three college careers I coped without ever needing a backpack. It seems to be more an identity badge than anything else. We seem to be raising generations of needy 'belongers'!

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