The Marjory Stoneman Douglas high school has mandated students to carry see-through backpacks and an identification badge while on the school’s grounds. While some students protested the measure for making them feel like inmates, the school’s board explained that it is for their own safety.
Stoneman Douglas in Parkland, Fla, was the scene of one of the deadliest mass shootings in America on February 14, when 17 were shot dead and many more were wounded.
On Monday morning, when students returned from the spring break they found out about the new security measures. They had to go past security barriers and stay in line for their bags to be checked.
They were also given the mandatory see-through backpacks and an ID badge. However, students are not pleased with the new backpacks as they feel they have no privacy any longer.
Students Not Happy with their See-Through Backpacks
Many of them lost their friends and teachers in the February massacre. Now they have to sacrifice their privacy too. One student said that the school used to be his “home away from home,” but not anymore.
Another student said she believes the backpack is worth more than her life. Some students argued that tighter gun laws would be a more effective solution. They urged Florida lawmakers to no longer take donations from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and do the right thing instead.
The new backpacks are not only too transparent for students’ privacy, they are also not practical. Students cannot use them to carry heavier items like sports equipment or laptops.
Critics of the measure believe metal detectors like those in court houses would be a better solution. Many girls have complained that they cannot carry their feminine products in the clear backpacks. The school district is reportedly zooming in on the idea of installing metal detectors.
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