Wednesday, May 14, 2003

More Whimpy Kids

These back-pack stories make the rounds every few months. . .

There are times when Jessica Alexander feels more like a 60-year-old than an athletic 16-year-old high school student. Between visits to a chiropractor and a massage therapist, Jessica finds herself walking hunched over because her back aches so much. The Clayton High School sophomore lays the blame for her problem on the 20-plus pound backpacks that she has carried since middle school.

Poor baby. How about going to Target and buying a $20 backpack that has wheels. I see kids around here with those backpacks all over the city. Oh, here's why:

Some students have turned to rolling backpacks, only to have them banned or restricted. At Carver Elementary School, Principal Mary Castleberry said they were banned because teachers tripped over them and students were having backpack fights.

The article calls for passing legislation to limit textbook sizes. I thought the schools didn't have any money for textbooks.

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