How Parkland students feel about their clear backpacks

Rosalie Gross
April 5, 2018

Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students returned to stricter security measures when classes resumed Monday after spring break.

Students are now used to seeing the added police presence.

Other students said the rules have a punitive, carceral vibe - and that Stoneman Douglas now feels like a jail. "My school was a place where everyone felt comfortable, it was a home away from home, and now that home has been destroyed", he said.

Media organizations, including the South Florida Sun Sentinel, are seeking the release of video from outside the school to show how law enforcement responded to the scene of an active shooter.

"Feminine hygiene products that we need, that we have to carry with us, we can't choose to be on our menstrual or not". The teenagers were met with a number of strict new security measures, including clear plastic backpacks that lawmakers hope will make it impossible for students to sneak firearms onto the campus.

MSD student Delaney Tarr tagged Senator Marco Rubio in a tweet that showed her backpack. 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.

In addition to displaying the orange tag, senior Carmen Lo stuffed a sign into her backpack that read "this backpack is probably worth more than my life". There are a lot of great plans on paper, but implementation is just not feasible.

"I would say that our voices were not intentionally excluded, but they were not intentionally included", said Kai Koerber, a junior.

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The school district said it's considering whether to install metal detectors at the school's entrances.

Thompson said someone sent an email warning of a threat to the campus.

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"Tomorrow we will have to go through security checkpoints and be given clear backpacks, my school is starting to feel like a prison", Chadwick tweeted.

She then chanted with the crowd, "Shame on you" and "We call BS".

But safety may come at the cost of a productive school environment, he said.

If the new protocols feel restrictive to some, the surveillant overtones are likely amplified for black students, who constitute just 11% of the Stoneman Douglas student body.

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