Parkland teens mock-and criticize-their new clear backpacks

05 April, 2018, 01:43 | Author: Rachel Mcdaniel
  • A group of black students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High called a press conference to say they have concerns that may not mirror those of their white peers

But newly enacted school safety policies aimed at preventing any more school shootings, they argue, go too far without going far enough. There was incompetence in the Broward County Sheriff's Office, FBI failures to investigate threats, and the school district's failure to act on frequent red flags exhibited by Nikolas Cruz.

"This is still being explored by the district".

The new rules about the clear rucksacks, which were provided to students for free, came into effect on Monday as classes resumed after the spring break.

In addition to making students feel like they're being increasingly policed in schools, the backpack strategy is faulty for another reason: The school has tried it once before, and it failed. Sports bags and musical instrument cases are being searched.

Once inside, they were issued mandatory see-through backpacks and ID badges which must be worn at all times.

While the Trump Administration suggests arming teachers as a solution to gun violence following the Parkland shooting, the persistence of these students is what makes them stand out from the survivors of the other 18 school shootings so far this year. Emma Gonzalez, a prominent member of the Never Again movement, seemed to question the motivation behind security changes at the school in a series of tweets on Tuesday afternoon. "I'm in school, sorry, can't tell the difference without my glasses".

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Some students also complained about the smell of the plastic backpacks. Now police officers and security guards are stationed around campus, monitoring all entry points and checking students' bags.

The backpacks were donated by Walmart and the Broward Education Foundation.

One student complained about the smell of her bag, comparing it to "the inflatable pool toys when they're immediate taken out of the box".

Seventeen people, a lot of them students, died at Stoneman Douglas after former student Nikolas Cruz walked onto campus February 14 and made his way through school buildings, gunning down those he encountered. "It's not helping", student Tori Sutton said. "If you really want to bring a weapon to school, you'll (still) be able to hide it".

"We will need to use the first few days to issue backpacks and organize around the new procedures", Superintendent Robert Runcie said.

Another student, Laura Hogg, also commented on the clear backpacks on Twitter Monday.


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