Students in an Idaho school district have been carrying their books in shopping carts, coolers, and even popcorn machines after backpacks were banned in response to a gun threat last week.
The Jefferson County school district announced on September 23 that students will no longer be allowed to bring backpacks to school or carry them around hallways after a 13-year-old at Rigby Middle School was discovered to have brought a gun inside her backpack that day.
The new rule hasn’t been taken well by students, who have mocked it by finding creative and ridiculous way to tote around their belongings, carrying books inside everything from wagons to an aquarium.
Something new: Students in an Idaho school distrcit have been carrying their books in odd ways after backpacks were banned
New rule: The Jefferson County school district announced on September 23 that students will no longer be allowed to bring backpacks to school or carry them around hallways
He’s poppin’! So the teens have been using things like shopping carts or even popcorn machines to mock the rule
Something’s fishy here: One student even used a glass aquarium to carry her stuff around
Impetus: A 13-year-old at Rigby Middle School in Jefferson County, Idaho brought a gun to school in her backpack on September 23, prompting the rule change
EastIdahoNews.com reported on last Thursday’s gun threat, writing that a 13-year-old girl was taken into custody after being found with the gun in the bathroom, having brought it to school in her backpack.
No shots were fired.
Later that day, Monica Pauley, a spokeswoman for Jefferson School District 251, told the outlet that the district was insituting a new ban on backpacks in response.
The rule applies to two local middle schools and two local high schools, though the elementary schools are exempt.
‘We are doing this as a precautionary measure,’ she said.
But left without a way to carry all of their books, binders, notebooks, and others supplies to and from school — and from class to class — students at Rigby High School have found creative ways to get around the ban.
Protest: Students at Rigby High School have found creative ways to get around the ban
Ridiculous: Some have used hampers and laundry baskets instead of backpacks
Going viral: Savannah Bagley, a student at Rigby High, has shared videos on TikTok demonstrating her classmates’ ingenuity
Seems inefficient? A few have been dragging wagons around the hallways
Hot! One student even carrying around an unplugged microwaves
Savannah Bagley, a student at Rigby High, has shared videos on TikTok demonstrating her classmates’ ingenuity.
Bagley filmed them in the hallways and cafeteria, showing the myriad ways students found to lug around their books while mocking the administration.
One pushed supplies in a children’s Fisher-Price shopping cart, while another used an actual grocery store shopping cart.
One girl literally tied her books to her back, while another carried them in grocery baskets and wooden crates.
Several dragged around hampers and laundry baskets, wagons, and in one case, an organizer cart.
But certainly the most outrageous methods students found to carry their books were inside a popcorn machine, an aquarium, a wheeled cooler, a microwave, and a pink child’s stroller.
Getting creative: Other items have included a wheeled cooler and a shopping basket
Iconic: Another teen made use of an old red wagon to drag his stuff around
Cracking up: TikTok commenters are finding the students’ creativity quite funny
One wrote that ‘the shopping cart has me rolling’ and another said ‘pls this is hilarious’
The best way? But many were put off that this was the best measure proposed to prevent gun violence
Cutting out the middle man: This teen literally strapped her books directly to her back
TikTok commenters are finding the students’ creativity quite funny, with one writing that ‘the shopping cart has me rolling’ and another saying ‘pls this is hilarious.’
But many were put off that this was the best measure proposed to prevent gun violence.
‘Ban anything but the problem,’ wrote one, while another said, ‘They will do anything but pass legislation.
‘American will do everything but ban guns…’ wrote one more.
‘Cause backpacks are clearly the problem here,’ snarked another.