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Weapons of Mass Inconvenience

Of the 151 Irvington students surveyed, 133 disliked rolling backpacks and 18 were okay with them.

Of the 151 Irvington students surveyed, 133 disliked rolling backpacks and 18 were okay with them.

Justin Kim, Staff Writer

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There is one thing that is absolutely despised in any crowded hallway. Rolling. Backpacks. The click-clack of the wheels strike fear into students as they trip over the unseen danger. Rolling backpacks should not belong on school campuses because they serve a major inconvenience to students and are a safety hazard in crowded areas.

It is not a surprise to any Irvington student when I say that the hallways are crowded during passing period. Imagine the horror of a rolling backpack zipping by under your view and tripping you over. In a bustling hallway with people squeezing past and pushing each other to get through, roller backpacks add another hazard to an already dangerous environment. People are not expecting a steamroller of death to run them over when their current objective is to stay away from the sweaty freshmen in front of them.

Rolling backpacks may be convenient for the user, but the safety of the students around them should also be considered. While it may be easier to carry 50 pounds of textbooks in a rolling backpack, it is also a safety hazard in such a busy area of school. Lockers exist for a reason, and students can drop off textbooks in their lockers to alleviate the heavy weight.

If you do have to use a rolling backpack, please do be careful while dragging it around. Irvington is a very crowded and miserable school already, and we don’t need to have rolling backpacks running over our feet and blocking doorways to make our day worse.

 

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