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Parkland Students Fight Back

Douglas High School students use new 'clear backpack' policy to protest

Ashley Shepard, Staff Writer

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In Parkland, Florida, the doors of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSDHS) has reopened and school as resumed. However, there have been some security changes made at the school. Along with fences surrounding the school grounds and wearable ID’s, students are now required to carry: clear backpacks. But the students are not satisfied with this new rule for good reasons. Instead of expanding gun control, banning assault rifles, and having universal backgrounds, lawmakers have upped security and more schools are likely to follow in their footsteps. Although this is no surprise to change security measures at the school, it in no way could prevent another shooting and does not satisfy the student organizers of March for Our Lives. In fact, some have taken to social media to express their discontent with these changes and calling out lawmakers across the nation.

Some MSDHS students have even used their clear backpacks to protest. They feel this is merely a bandaid to put over a much bigger problem and an invasion of privacy. Some forms of protesting include, protest paraphernalia, orange price tags with the amount, Florida legislator Marco Rubio, receives from the National Rifle Association (NRA). Other students, mostly male, have taken a different approach. They have decided to fill their backpacks with feminine hygiene products, such as tampons and pads, in solidarity with the females in their school who feel their privacy has been invaded more so than the males of the school.

Although a see-through backpack may seem like a good solution, it wouldn’t have prevented a mass shooting in Parkland and probably wouldn’t prevent another mass shooting from happening in other schools in the country. The Parkland shooter used an AR-15. The fences and IDs wouldn’t have kept the shooter, a student, from entering the school. There are just quick fixes to make people feel safe while students must undergo these security measures. What the students of this country really need is for lawmakers to step up, create stronger gun legislation and save lives. And if they can’t provide that for us, then prepare to be voted out.

If this happened at your school, would you participate in a protest?

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