Rigby student video goes viral after district bans backpacks
By Andrea Olson
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RIGBY, Idaho (eastidahonews.com) – A video posted by a high school student on TikTok went viral after filming students finding creative ways to carry their textbooks without a backpack.
“I saw someone drive past my car with a box and I could just tell this day was going to be so funny,” Savannah Bagley, a junior from Rigby High School, told EastIdahoNews.com. “The kids in my school are so creative. I was cracking up all day. I saw a child carry a chair upside down and hold his books today.
Bagley posted two different videos on TikTok showing children carrying their school supplies in shopping carts, carts and strollers.
Backpacks were banned from high schools in Rigby last week after a gun was found in the backpack of a 13-year-old student at Rigby Middle School. No shots were fired, the girl was taken into custody and no one was injured.
The incident came four months after two students and a guard were shot dead at the same school. No one was killed and the shooter, a sixth year girl, was taken into custody.
“It’s really super scary. At the moment it’s super scary,” Bagley said. “I just don’t think it’s something we have to constantly dwell on. I think the video I’m on. I did has nothing to do with being for or against banning backpacks or whatever. It’s just to show how creative people in my school are. It doesn’t. has nothing to do with politics. ”
Bagley says not having a backpack at school has been inconvenient, but acknowledges that the district administration is trying to do its best.
Jefferson School District 251 Superintendent Chad Martin told EastIdahoNews.com he was aware of the Bagley viral video.
“I think all kids need to be able to handle things and I think they cope with it,” says Martin. “We hope (the backpack ban) is temporary until we get a more permanent solution. If that can be a positive thing that they like a little bit, that’s wonderful.
Martin asks the students to avoid bringing large items that could block hallways or classrooms, but “for the most part, laundry baskets… that’s okay with us. I saw a child pulling a sled down the sidewalk.
Martin explains that the administrators are working hard to find solutions and that he wants the community to be involved.
“We have created a new position – a Student Safety Coordinator – and they will really help us integrate a social and emotional support program into our middle schools,” said Martin. “We have created a 30-minute period each week that will specifically focus on helping children bond with adults and other children. “
Bagley posted her first video five days ago and it has been viewed nearly 600,000 times and national news agencies have contacted her about the unique content.
“At first I probably had 100 followers on TikTok,” Bagley said, his number of followers hovering around 3,000 Wednesday night. “I didn’t expect this to go viral.”
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