Published: Thu, April 05, 2018
Arts&Culture | By Kristi Paul

Parkland students slam 'stupid' mandatory clear backpacks

Parkland students slam 'stupid' mandatory clear backpacks

On social media, students criticized-and mocked-the clear backpacks, comparing them to airport security.

"Students of color, black and brown students, like myself have been racially profiled while we are on heightened alert, fearing the emergence of another Caucasian shooter", Koerber said.

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

"We come to school to learn, so I don't think that we should need to subject ourselves to these measures".


Nearly immediately, the decision drew sharp criticism that it was merely a band-aid solution to a much bigger gun control issue, and that forcing students to publicly display everything they were carrying was an invasion of privacy. He said it makes his fellow students uncomfortable, particularly girls who may carry feminine products.

Despite the jokes, many students are making their argument clear: The backpacks aren't enough to make them feel safe from gun violence, and they're still fighting for action from lawmakers. Metal-detecting wands weren't being used Monday but are being considered, officials said.

Students will also be issued identification and lanyards to wear them by the end of the week, Thompson said.

"I feel that the police there is helping us a little, but it's too overwhelming", Sutton said. Nugent called Hogg and his high school peers, who have emerged as gun safety advocates since the tragedy, "not very educated" and said they "wouldn't know an AR-15 from a pterodactyl", the Associated Press reported.


A Nationwide protest known as National School Walkout Day took place on March 14th where students left their classes to remember the seventeen lives lost in the Parkland shooting. It is very hard to balance both convenience/privacy with safety/security; if there is more of one, the other often suffers, but I will do my best to balance the two.

While most of these measures are limited to Marjory Stoneman Douglas, the school district has reinforced safety protocols district-wide.

"We need to make schools safer".

"This backpack is probably worth more than my life", student survivor Carmen Lo wrote. 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.


On Monday, many students entered the campus carrying plastic grocery bags containing their books and other belongings.

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