MSD High Students Will Now Use Clear Backpacks For Security Reasons


Not all Marjory Stoneman Douglas students behind the #NeverAgain movement don't support a new requirement to carry only clear backpacks.

It's a new safety rule from the Broward County School Board in the wake of a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 people dead. "No matter how much we tell them to listen to us there will always be a backpack manufacturer saying, "Hey they need clear backpacks, we got you covered, or a Barricade Renter saying, "Hey do you need any extra fences that will create the illusion of safety but are easily jumpable and make all the students feel like a combination of prisoners and livestock?"

Some Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students say going to school in the morning now feels more like going to an airport, or even worse, going into a prison.

Other security measures introduced by the school include requiring student ID cards to be visible at all times, restricting student entry points, and increasing the number of police on campus, CNN reports.

Security at the Parkland school has been bolstered following the February 14 massacre, with about 10 Broward Sheriff's deputies stationed on campus daily and, more recently, the addition of eight Florida Highway Patrol troopers scheduled to monitor gates from 6 10 p.m.

"We need real change", she painted on the front of the bag.

They're too restrictive, yet somehow not effective enough, they say.

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Cameron Kasky, one of the founders of March for Our Lives, felt the clear backpack rule was a "step in the wrong direction", but urged students to keep moving forward in their fight for tighter gun control.

A photo of Carmen Lo was widely shared, showing the senior with a sign inside her clear backpack that read: "This backpack is probably worth more than MY LIFE".

"I definitely feel safer, but in no way is school going to be a place of cognitive education and creativity when it feels like a jail cell", he said. "Bigger things to worry about", Twitter user Shae wrote.

Additional security personnel will also be present on the Parkland, Fla., campus, and the school district is considering metal detectors, Runcie said at the time.

The shooting galvanized a student-led movement calling for stricter gun laws, and some students used the clear bags to make a political statement.

He shot 17 people to death and injured 17 more.