Officials at a Florida school where 17 people were killed in February implemented a new safety measure requiring students carry clear backpacks – but teens at the high school are lashing out saying the bookbags will not keep them safe and is an invasion of privacy.
On Monday many students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School took to Twitter to express their frustrations and protest what they’re calling a ‘band-aid’ security measure.
‘Unless they’re bulletproof, I don’t feel much safer,’ student Cameron Kasky tweeted, sharing a photo of his clear backpack filled with tampons.
Student Carmen Lo wears her clear backpack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School
Cameron Kasky also lashed out at the school forcing students to carry clear backpacks
Student Delaney Tarr called the see-through backpacks an invasion of privacy
Lauren Hogg said she appreciated the effort but also slammed the school’s new rule
Students wear clear backpacks outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Monday, April 2, 2018
‘The people with the power to make changes keep making the wrong changes,’ student Emma Gonzalez wrote on Twitter.
‘When people pay money for these modifications on our school (the only school in the country that is being altered btw) that means someone is getting paid and I am sick and tired of us being treated like prize pigs.’
Jack Macleod tweeted that he believes in school safety implementations ‘but the bags seem more cosmetic than actually effective’.
Alex Athanasious said the backpacks were ‘constant reminders of what happened’
‘To quote a friend of mine: I love wearing a tragedy around my neck. I just want to feel normal again,’ the teen posted.
Some students attached an orange $1.05 price tag to their school-enforced bags. The tags were also seen during last months March For Our Lives rally in DC.
The school is also requiring students wear ID tags while on campus
Students at the Parkland school flocked to Twitter on Monday to lash out a the school’s new safety implementation
Student Jack Macleod tweeted that he believes in school safety implementations ‘but the bags seem more cosmetic than actually effective’.
Another student slamming the school’s new safety measure after they were forced to carry backpacks
Students and activists David Hogg and Lauren Hogg explained that they represented how much Republican senator Marco Rubio accepted from the NRA divided by every student in the state of Florida.
‘This backpack is probably worth more than my life,’ student Carmen Lo tweeted.
Lauren Hogg said she appreciates the effort but criticized the school’s new rule.
‘My new backpack is almost as transparent as the NRA’s agenda. I feel sooo safe now. As much as I appreciate the effort we as a country need to focus on the real issue instead of turning our schools into prisons,’ she said.