No Book Bags

It may be a little early, but before you begin to think about that back to school shopping list, there’s one popular item Marianna Middle school students won't be buying.

Alex Bigale will be doing some back to school shopping in a couple of months and there's one item he'll have to leave off of this year's list.

Alex Bigale says, "You won't be able to carry your stuff at school. You have to try and fit it all in your binder."

Alex is a seventh grader at Marianna Middle School. The school recently began informing parents of a no book bags on campus rule for the upcoming coming school year.

Karey Hewett, a parent, says, "It's my understanding that they'll get two sets of books, one to keep at home and one to keep at school, so they won't really need a book bag."

Some parents say they agree with the rule, despite Marianna Middle not having a history of violence or drugs on campus.

"I think it's a good thing. They won't be able to take concealed weapons or drugs in."

Lavon Pettis, a parent, says, "Book bags are a convenience for us. It's not something that is going to make or break us in those areas, so if it's going to make it safe for my child then the convenience issue can go and the necessity issue can come into play."

School may be out for the summer, but some kids like Alex are already thinking about life without their book bags.

"Like when we have projects, they don't want them all over the bus and stuff. When you're going and you have to carry them and people may mess them up if they're just sitting out."

Marianna Middle won't be the only school in Jackson County with a no book bag rule. Malone School has had the same rule for several years.