Broward County has announced some policy changes in the wake of the shooting at the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland, Fla., much to the chagrin of some of the more “outspoken” students there.
New York Times Miami bureau chief Patricia Mazzei reported that students at the high school will only be allowed to bring clear backpacks to school when returning from spring break. David Hogg is NOT pleased, claiming this is an infringement on his First Amendment rights.
Being a Democratic county, taxpayers will fund the clear backpacks and students will also be required to wear a new ID badge at all times.
“Robert W. Runcie, the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, announces that only clear backpacks will be allowed at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School after Spring Break, which is next week. The school will provide each student with a backpack at no cost,” Mazzei tweeted.
Each student will also be given an ID badge. Students and staff will be required to wear the badges at all times.
— Patricia Mazzei (@PatriciaMazzei) March 21, 2018
A few Stoneman Douglas students who’ve called on political leaders to take action took to social media to criticize the actions taken by the Democrat-run county.
The sister of David Hogg, who seems to have unlimited access to national television, led the way while echoing big brother’s gun control push.
“Great. Because clear backpacks are gonna fix everything. I appreciate the attempt, but I’d rather have common since gun laws than a clear backpack,” tweeted Lauren Hogg.
Great. Because clear backpacks are gonna fix everything. I appreciate the attempt, but I’d rather have common since gun laws than a clear backpack.
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) March 21, 2018
At least one student took issue with the clear backpacks being free.
And another sounded more high school-ish, fretting over appearances.
“Clear backpacks don’t do anything except make us look stupid. We want to be safe, not uncomfortable. The only thing that can really have an impact on our safety is gun control,” tweeted Carly Novell.
Clear backpacks don't do anything except make us look stupid. We want to be safe, not uncomfortable. The only thing that can really have an impact on our safety is gun control
— carly (@car_nove) March 21, 2018
Here are some other responses from what appears to be Stoneman Douglas students, including one concerned that now she will be forced to give someone a pencil if they ask for it because “they’ll see right through my bag and lies.”
I know having clear backpacks will help with security, but now all my privacy will be gone. I wish it didn’t come to this. #StonemanDouglas #DouglasStrong #MSDStrong #MarchForOurLives #GreatMillsHighSchool #NeverAgain
— 🥵 (@wdwpeeps) March 22, 2018
also clear backpacks are a mistake because now if someone asks for a pencil i HAVE to give it to them. they’ll see right through my bag and my lies. gross
— sara (@phirecrackers) March 22, 2018
This is absolutely ridiculous at this point like schools are slowly but surely becoming prisons (I am aware most schools in primarily high crime rate areas look like prisons) but school is supposed to be a place to learn and feel comfortable.
— natasha (@sighnatasha) March 22, 2018
Marjory Stoneman Douglas Penitentiary
— Chad 🏝 (@chad_williams05) March 22, 2018
Here are a few more responses from non-students, with the tampon issue raised by Hogg being repeated:
As a former teenage girl, my #1 question is: How do they expect students to carry pads and tampons in these clear backpacks? They'll have to allow some opaque smaller bags inside, but that's not going to help with the knife problem they also mention. So what's their strategy? https://t.co/6WooOKwo6W
— Jennifer Morrow (@jenniferemorrow) March 22, 2018
Who could've guessed that the most immediate, tangible impact of Parkland would be abolishing student privacy and making school a generally more hellish, securitized place https://t.co/X0puiLFgrA
— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) March 22, 2018
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