A student at the Spalding Grammar School in Lincolnshire, UK, has started carrying his books in a microwave after the school banned backpacks because ‘injury was being caused to younger students.’
Bags were banned at the school before for 7-11 year old students. However, the school’s principal, Steven Wilkinson, has recently extended the rule to include high school students as well.
The 17 year old student, Jacob Ford, was outraged by the ruling and protested by carrying his books in a “microwave and a wicker basket.”
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He also wrote a 3,000 word essay trying to reach a solution with the faculty to compromise their position.
“When we were told on Tuesday that the petition had been taken down because it gave the school and students a bad reputation, I wrote a 3,300-word document of defence for my views on carrying bags to school which I submitted to the headmaster, my form tutor, the head of sixth form and my head of house,” he said.
Jacob was later suspended for two days after using his phone in class to “update his mum on the protest.”
Jacob’s mother praised her son for his “silent protest,” and said, “I think Jacob’s protest has been very peaceful and I believe he should have his say.”
“At the end of the day, I believe in freedom of speech and so I’m very proud of him for standing up for something he believes in. Microwave or no microwave,” she continues.
A school where children are banned from taking bags to school in case a bag hurts someone? How do they carry their homework, PE kits, textbooks etc? @SpaldingGrammar sounds like it needs a dose of the real world to me.https://t.co/kh8PgFuXNR
— Nicholas Diable (@Defencebrief) October 18, 2018
Wilkinson, the school’s principal, did not agree with the mother’s comments, and believed that his parents were “glorifying” their son’s rebellious behaviour.
“The facts that have been presented are far from the full picture,” he said.
“We have a student who has behaved in an increasingly inappropriate way, actions the likes of which I have never witnessed, and who has been sanctioned entirely in line with the school’s policies.”
“What disappoints me most is the fact that, rather than working with us, the parent concerned has encouraged and is now seeking to glorify her son’s behaviour.”
Ford stands firm on his stance. He tells Spalding Today, ”bags policy is something that I feel really passionate about and, rather than knock my confidence, it’s done the opposite because I’d never had any strong feelings about anything before now.”
“We all have freedom of speech and this has been a silent protest by Jacob, although he has continued to attend school and hasn’t gone against the bags rule.”
“The school is penalising my son for having an opinion and what Jacob really wants is an apology from the school for not being listened to.”