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While many believe that backpacks with wheels are the best way for young students to combat heavy loads of homework, that’s not always the case.
Several schools and school districts across the country have banned the backpacks because they clog up hallways, don't fit in lockers and cause general trouble when students run down the halls dragging them after they've tipped over from going too fast.
And that’s also the case in Shelby County.
Three elementary schools - Clear Creek, Simpsonville and Wright - have banned the wheeled backpacks for those exact reasons.
Wright Principal Lynn Gottbrath instituted the policy at her school when she started five years ago.
“I did it for two reasons,” she said. “One, they’re much heavier and cause a lot more stress to the student. And, two, sometimes kids are just being kids and they sling them around and it can cause problems.”
Simpsonville Principal Jill Tingle said the rule was put in place before she started three years ago.
And at Clear Creek, the bigger wheeled backpacks don’t fit in the student’s lockers in their classrooms.
Duanne Puckett, the district's public relations coordinator, said that much like the dress code issues, the district doesn't set policy on backpacks.
"Each school decides on their own process with backpacks, including whether or not they can be carried, have wheels or must be stored in lockers all day," she said. "We don't set policies on things like that."
Gottbrath said it was her decision at Wright, and it’s one she has seen taking over nationally.
The changes aren’t just at schools either.
The American Chiropractic Association does not recommend young students use rolling backpacks, instead focusing on the proper way to use traditional two-strap backpacks.
"Although the use of rollerpacks - or backpacks on wheels - has become popular in recent years, the ACA is now recommending that they be used cautiously and on a limited basis by only those students who are not physically able to carry a backpack," the association states on its Web site. "Some school districts have begun banning the use of rollerpacks because they clutter hallways, resulting in dangerous trips and falls."
The ACA offers these tips for students carrying traditional two-strap backpacks.