As a result of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School which claimed the lives of 17 people, increased security measures have been put in place to help protect the children sent there to learn. Some of the measures are less practical than others, however. For instance, the high school recently instituted a rule which requires all students to store their things in a clear, plastic backpack, which was provided by the school. Students weren't at all thrilled about the new rule and questioned its logic on Twitter.
Tomorrow we will have to go through security check points and be given clear backpacks, my school is starting to feel like a prison.— Sarah Chadwick// #NEVERAGAIN (@Sarahchadwickk) April 2, 2018
Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas got their clear backpacks this morning. Passed out by the school as one of the new security measures after the February shooting. @DianneG has the photos from Tanzil Philip and Connor Dietrich pic.twitter.com/S4sDzYHgqo— David Shortell (@davidgshortell) April 2, 2018
In fact, students at MSDH are pretty tired of most of the added security measures.
Nothing beats a morning walk through fenced lines with a bag check! Where am I, again? pic.twitter.com/6gDPs8zZ3Q— Delaney Tarr (@delaneytarr) April 2, 2018
You have to get pre-check next time https://t.co/YO5UWaDWUd— Ryan DeWerff // #NEVERAGAIN (@ryan_dewerff) April 2, 2018
In many of their opinions, the money spent on backpacks would have been much better elsewhere.
Thousands of clear backpacks were donated to MSD...it’s a shame b/c they should’ve been given to a school that actually needs the supplies. But since we’re stuck with them, I decided to make the most out of the situation & decorate!! 👊🏼#MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/dgW7uNN536— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) April 2, 2018
The clear backpacks certainly seem like they might work better in theory than in practice.
These clear backpacks accomplish absolutely nothing. Not every item placed in the bag is visible and there is no possible way to monitor the contents of over 3000 backpacks. It’s great to know that this is where my community puts its resources.— Kyrah Simon (@kyrahsimon) April 2, 2018
Case in point:
And that, they are pic.twitter.com/QuqOt1V4aU— Kyra Parrow (@longlivekcx) April 2, 2018
Plus, everyone gets to see all your possessions! Fun!
General consensus is frustration from students and teachers re: clear backpacks. Personally, though, I don’t mind the IDs. Sidenote, where can I register for MSD Pre-Check? pic.twitter.com/kytezEyrCh— Nikhita Nookala (@nikta04) April 2, 2018
Starting off the last quarter of senior year right, with a good ol’ violation of privacy! https://t.co/Glf9C14dsq— Delaney Tarr (@Delaney Tarr)1522677517.0
It will certainly make certain standard school moments a bit more awkward...
PSA: given these new clear backpacks, you will now be able to see that I have my phone charger with me. No, you can… https://t.co/k9JP2TmhLS— Tyah-Amoy Roberts (@Tyah-Amoy Roberts)1522678421.0
At the end of the day, however, the issue foremost in the mind of Parkland students is still gun control.
My new backpack is almost as transparent as the NRA’s agenda. I feel sooo safe now. As much as I appreciate the… https://t.co/elIbobMVad— Lauren Hogg (@Lauren Hogg)1522678983.0
This backpack is probably worth more than my life #trends #NeverAgain https://t.co/sVAfRbt12R— Carmen Lo // #NEVERAGAIN (@Carmen Lo // #NEVERAGAIN)1522683684.0
Ok but how are clear backpacks going to protect douglas kids from an AR-15— Kyra Parrow (@Kyra Parrow)1522678578.0
They believe gun reform is the only real solution to gun violence.
These backpacks don't protect us. We aren't any safer than we were before. Now, it's just more complicated— Carly (@Carly)1522682165.0
So were the backpacks a good idea?
Alright, so let’s clear this up. How many of you (specifically Douglas students) think that clear backpacks are a good solution?— Delaney Tarr (@Delaney Tarr)1522677104.0