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September 19, 1998By Jackie Powder Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF

When North Carroll High School banned backpacks and book bags at school this year to tighten security at the Hampstead school, Skyler Brungardt thought he had hit upon a way to get around the new rule.

The 15 year old junior used money from his clothing allowance and bought a $100 conservative black leather briefcase to carry his books from class to class.

North Carroll High administrators were not impressed with Skyler’s ingenuity and suspended him for one day. Another day was tacked on burberry bags sale after Skyler and his mother met with school officials in an unsuccessful attempt to resolve the matter.

As educators across the country struggle to deal with increasing problems involving violence and drugs in schools, the ubiquitous backpack has become an issue. Most Baltimore schools require students to carry clear backpacks. But few suburban schools have taken that step.

“I think the rule is foolish and discriminatory, and creates more problems than it solves,” said Tessy Brungardt, Skyler’s mother.

Skyler plans to appeal the suspension to school officials.

“I support him in this [the appeal], and if he believes it he should stand up for it,” Brungardt said.

The rule permits students to carry backpa burberry bags sale cks when they arrive at school each morning, but they must store the backpacks in their lockers during the day. Jeffrey P. Rogers, an assistant principal at North Carroll High, said the school had to install additional lockers to accommodate the 1,450 students at the school.

“Initially, people were upset [about the ban on bookbags],” Rogers said. “But as we explained the reasons, most people said, ‘OK, that makes sense.’ ”

“I’m not saying all students are happy about it.”

It’s difficult to imagine a teen ager without a backpack bulging with books and life’s other necessities, including clothes, cosmetics and food. But school officials say they have good reason to separate students from their backpacks.

The most obvious is to reduce the likelihood that students will use book bags or backpacks to conceal drugs, weapons or other illegal items.

Teachers at North Carroll High had also complained that it was difficult to maneuver when classroom aisles were blocked with cumbersome backpacks. And Rogers said teachers are being asked to use more hands on activities in the classroom such as small group projects that require students to move from their assigned seats.

Another purpose of the backpack ban was to eliminate a rodent infestation problem at the school, which administrators attributed in part to students who sneaked food into classrooms in their backpacks.

“We don’t think removing book bags is the single solution to any of these problems, but it’s a step in the right direction,” said Rogers.

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Many students see things differently.

“It’s very difficult to carry a lot of books, especially if you have a lot of big ones,” said Skyler. “The book for the British literature class, it’s 2 inches thick.”

Other students complained last week about making multiple trips to their lockers, and they say they are sometimes late to class because they forget a book or are delayed in the crowded locker area.

“I make 10 trips to my locker every day,” said Sybil Dukehart, 15.

Local law enforcement officials applaud North Carroll High’s ban on backpacks and say it greatly reduces the chance that a student will bring a gun to school. But they point out that many students conceal drugs in pockets, lockers or cars.

“It certainly sounds reasonable and doesn’t sound intrusive or that inconvenient,” said Carroll County State’s Attorney Jerry Barnes of North Carroll High’s book bag ban.

“The question is, do they have a bag that can hide food, takes up space or might be used to conceal weapons or drugs, and a briefcase certainly can do all these things,” he said.

Rogers said he couldn’t discuss a discipline matter affecting a specific student but that there are guidelines to handle instances of student insubordination.