Is Making Clear Backpacks Mandatory Really Worth It?
It is no news about the dangers we face on a regular basis that even our kids are no longer safe in places that they ought to feel safe. If you watch cable news you must be aware of the shootings that occur in schools that lead to the death of a lot of students.
These events lead to some schools imposing the idea of see-through backpacks to be carried by students. These have lead to a lot of opposing views which is why I decided to write on the pros and cons of clear backpacks.
Yes, that is what they are called “Clear Backpacks” or you can decide to call them transparent backpacks or better still see-through backpacks. Have you ever come across one? I had no idea these existed and was only made aware of it recently having come across a news article that talked about the violation of students rights by making these type of backpacks mandatory.
Before I go on let me ask you a question. Having taken a closer look at these type of backpacks and having at the back of your mind the shootings happening in schools. Do you really think these backpacks would be beneficial to students or is it really an infringement towards the rights of these students?
As I said, there are opposing views to these and you might agree or disagree to the points I make but whatever side you decide to take it is important you know the pros and cons of clear backpacks.
Let me say this before I move on. From what I found out based on my research it is clear that the cons are far more than the pros when comparing the pros and cons of clear backpacks. There were very few advantages that really sticks out when it comes to transparent backpacks and one of them is security.
Are We Really Safe Or Just Deceiving Ourselves
Now let me ask you this. This is just an assumption and should not be considered or used as a way to commit a crime but I am going to put it out there to make my point. Let’s say you own this type of bag and you plan to bring a weapon to school.
Are you going to place the weapon where it can easily be seen or would you take extra care and tuck it in between books or items that can conceal the fact that there is a weapon in the bag. I would leave you to answer that.
Yes, as part of the pros of clear backpacks I would say that it can play a big role in restricting the free passage of weapons into schools or other places but this in turn can make the offender be more creative thereby devising other means to ensure the safe passage of weapons into buildings or into schools.
There have been a lot of gun violence in schools and I would have to say that something had to be done to reduce this dreadful act whereby kids or students go to school to learn, hang out with their friends and feel safe but instead dread the fact that anyone can pull out a weapon and end up using it on their fellow students.
Something had to be done and the idea of a clear backpack though not a bad idea but I think they can do better. I think other aspects of students or peoples lives were probably not put into consideration when the idea of introduction of these type of backpacks was brought up.
With security being a major factor in the introduction of these backpacks into schools or the market I think the safety of the items inside the backpack were not put into consideration. When making use of a transparent backpack it would be difficult to keep the items inside your backpack secret from eyes around you.
Being transparent, almost anyone can tell when a valuable item is inside your backpack which jeopardizes the safety of that item.
The clear backpack is not all bad and still has other advantages it can offer to a student aside from some level of security and one of such an advantage is organization
You Definitely Have To Get Organized
As part of the pros and cons of clear backpacks is the impulsiveness to have your items in your backpack organized. A clear backpack is like a house made with transparent glasses whereby anyone outside the house can see what is happening inside the house.
If people are able to easily see into your house would you keep your house untidy or would it always be spanking clean? The obvious answer is that you would always want your house to be kept clean. The same principle applies to see-through backpacks.
Because everyone would be able to see what is inside your backpack you would definitely always want your backpack to be clean and organized to create the impression that you are a clean and organized person. You would avoid making inside your backpack messy unless of course if you don’t care about what people think and just leave inside your backpack unorganized. The choice is actually yours to make.
Definitely No Privacy
It’s a given that those affected the most by this are females. The lives of males and females are very different and one of the advantages of a backpack for females in schools is been able to easily conceal feminine products.
Tampons and menstrual pads are examples of feminine products that female students make use of. It is embarrassing enough taking excuse during class to make use of these. Now with a clear backpack, everyone would know that you have these inside your backpack.
If that is not embarrassing to you I don’t know what else is. Males don’t have this problem and would probably only be conscious of expensive items in their clear backpacks but females have more much to be wary about than expensive items.
No Freedom To Express Your Identity
One of the awesome benefits of having a backpack is been able to choose a backpack that suits your taste of fashion.
With clear backpacks been mandatory in some schools, this throws the idea of choosing a fashionable backpack out the window.
Students are now forced to carry only clear backpacks to class or risk going to detention or worse expelled. I don’t know about you but if I was a student this would be a violation of my rights both as a citizen and a human being.
If a student decides to get a clear backpack it should be based on their choice and the idea should not be imposed on them.
A Common Problem Of Clear Backpacks
I have gone through several comments made by some people making use of transparent backpacks and I think a common problem of most transparent backpacks is poor quality material. This is definitely a disadvantage when comparing the pros and cons of clear backpacks.
Now don’t get me wrong there are some good clear backpacks but I think most that have flooded the market are not of the best quality and the fact that they are made of plastic can be highly dangerous because plastic is a flammable material and we know plastics don’t agree with anything hot.
Also, a lot of students carry some pretty heavy items to class that requires a backpack made with good quality. Most clear backpacks has so far not been able to satisfy this basic aspect of a quality backpack.
Human lives are very important and I think the fundamental idea behind clear backpacks is warrantied but cannot guarantee the safety of students or the public. The government needs to do better to ensure the lives of its citizens especially students who go to school to learn.
As a parent depending on the sex and age of my child would make me buy the idea of the introduction of clear backpacks to schools but I would want the government to come up with solutions that would not infringe on the rights of my kids.
I don’t know about you but these are my opinions. I would like to read what you think about this. Are clear backpacks really worth it? Do you think the idea of mandatory clear backpacks in schools is a good idea or do you think they should come up with better ideas? I would love to read what you think about this. Please leave your comments in the comment section below.