How Parkland students feel about their new mandatory clear backpacks

Survivor's guilt haunts Stoneman Douglas students who were absent during shooting

"I'm all for school safety implementations, but I don't like the feeling of a prison", said Jack Macleod, a junior.

"How am I supposed to carry around what I need daily in this?"

For him and dozens of his classmates at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, the new rule requiring students to carry their belongings in clear backpacks is a violation of privacy, period. Investigators say video shows him carrying the bag into a classroom building, pulling out the gun and beginning his six-minute shooting spree.

Administrators are trying to make Stoneman Douglas as safe as possible. Soon, the district plans to issue metal-detecting wands to the law enforcement officers stationed at the gates.

Students at the school will also be mandated to wear identification badges while in school, according to a letter sent to families last month by Superintendent Robert Runcie. Marco Rubio and included a photo of her clear backpack with feminine products inside. "I don't think the guy can be fixed". "I don't think the issues that have come out of this movement that people are debating and disputing about are backpack related".

Senior Sam Zeif called the backpacks the "opposite of progress". If you dance to the music, you've got to pay the piper, they say.

Camern Lo put a piece of paper in her new clear backpack saying, 'This backpack is probably worth more than my life'.

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"The teachers have the students' interests at hand", Pittman said. They received lanyards Monday to wear them on. "Similar to what they do at court houses and the airport!" he said. I walked in. No questions asked.

"Bring your voice to the people who will listen who are going to do something with your voice", she said.

'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 exhausted of us being treated like prize pigs'.

"We wanted to have an outlet", said Lorena.

"Having clear backpacks not only make us feel uncomfortable but it also is not the solution to end school shootings and make our school safer", student Kali Clougherty said.

"I feel like the police there is helping us a little, but it's too overwhelming", Sutton said.

Security at the Parkland school has been bolstered following the February 14 massacre, with about 10 Broward Sheriff's deputies stationed on campus daily and, more recently, the addition of eight Florida Highway Patrol troopers scheduled to monitor gates from 6 a.m.to 10 p.m. Broward County Sheriff's Office has a heavy presence outside the school as well.

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