Marjory Stoneman Douglas Students Now Have To Carry Clear Backpacks

Tonya Becker
April 5, 2018

Student activist Cameron Kasky went to school on Tuesday with a see-through backpack filled with tampons, an act of protest against the school's new clear-bag policy. He shot 17 people to death and injured 17 more.

Interesting comparison, Theodore - because if a pterodactyls were swooping in and killing dozens of students every few months, would the NRA not immediately obliterate them to extinction?

Runcie responded to Holden, "We will continue to re-evaluate and make changes based on experience and feedback from you and other students". 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.

Clear backpacks handed out to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School

Guns don't kill people, opaque backpacks do, apparently. MSD student Alexis Tracton said. The process will be very similar to when you enter a sporting event, at a concert or even at Disney World.

School officials are also debating on whether they should install metal detectors.

Students at the Florida high school where 17 students and staff members were massacred are now carrying their belongings in clear plastic backpacks in hopes that it will make it hard to smuggle weapons onto campus.


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

"It is action taken to make parents feel better, but [it] simply makes the students feel like they are entering a prison, and will certainly deter middle-schoolers and freshman from wanting to attend Stoneman Douglas in the future", Mizen added. 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.

"Got my id and clear backpack #thanksbrowardcounty#wedemandrealchange", student survivor Alyssa Goldfarb said.


Another student said, "This backpack is probably worth more than my life". There have been multiple incidents at the school since the shooting, including a student making a threat on social media, two students being arrested for bringing knives to school campus as well as the arrest of the shooter's brother, Zachary Cruz, for trespassing on school grounds.

Pittman, however, said the police presence on Monday - the first day back from spring break - was sloppy. The district says it's expediting plans to provide fencing and gates at about 100 schools.


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