A high school student in the United Kingdom has started to carry his books in a microwave after his school banned backpacks.
A grammar school in the United Kingdom banned the use of backpacks after students began to use them to strike teachers in the face. Now, Jacob Ford, a 17-year-old student at Spalding Grammar School, is pushing back against the crazy rule by carrying his books inside a microwave.
“Once again, I do not doubt this ever happening. But is the best solution really to outright ban backpacks? Surely a compromise can be made,” Ford said in a comment to a local newspaper.
Tracy Ford, Jacob’s mother, says that she supports her son’s peaceful protest. “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,” she said. “Microwave or no microwave.”
Parents have complained that the ban on backpacks, which forces students to carry heavy textbooks in their hands, puts students at risk for accidents.
Other parents have complained that the rule makes it impossible for female students to conceal menstrual products. Some even argued that the rule could force female students to stay home from school when they are on their period.
Jacob Ford wrote a 3,300-word essay that explains why the backpack ban is bad for students. Ford submitted the paper to one of his teachers in the hopes that his “activism” will have an impact on the school policy.