On March 21, Broward County School District announced changes to school policies at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Among those changes was requiring students to use only clear backpacks.
The move came as a security measure after the mass shooting that killed 17 people on February 14. The shooter was not a student at Stoneman Douglas.
Students immediately responded to the announcement with displeasure.
s/o to America for making my school seem like jail now because legislators don’t have common sense gun reform on their agendas https://t.co/MJZFeaeiSa
— Kyra Parrow (@longlivekcx) March 21, 2018
The Parkland students began spring break shortly after the announcement. Many also attended March for Our Lives events on March 24.
This week they returned to school for the first time with their new requirements in place.
The students, who gained national attention for their organization of protests and calls for gun reform, were not silent about this change to their lives either.
Some merely commented on the change.
Let me be clear. I have not been asking for school security, I have been asking for common sense gun laws. However, I think school safety is important. Clear backpacks and checkpoints don’t make anyone feel safe. They make us feel like black sheep, like we’re different.
— Ryan DeWerff // #NEVERAGAIN (@ryan_dewerff) April 2, 2018
You know, I feel super safe now that the whole school can see my collection of tampons and pens.
— Delaney Tarr (@delaneytarr) April 3, 2018
Others went a more visual route.
Nothing beats a morning walk through fenced lines with a bag check! Where am I, again? pic.twitter.com/6gDPs8zZ3Q
— Delaney Tarr (@delaneytarr) April 2, 2018
Some took the opportunity to take Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio to task.
Orange tags marked $1.05 refer to the money Rubio receives from the National Rifle Association (NRA) divided by the number of students in Florida. At the March for Our Lives, Stoneman Douglas junior Sarah Chadwick asked, “Is that all we’re worth to you?”
— Lexi #NEVERAGAIN (@LexiTracton) April 2, 2018
— Carmen Lo // #NEVERAGAIN (@xo_karmin_ox) April 2, 2018
Others, including parents expressed general dissatisfaction with the new safety measure.
— mom (@julieshinn) April 2, 2018
— Aly Sheehy🦅 (@Aly_Sheehy) April 3, 2018
— alyssa goldfarb (@alysgoldfarb) April 2, 2018
Thousands of clear backpacks were donated to MSD…it’s a shame b/c they should’ve been given to a school that actually needs the supplies. But since we’re stuck with them, I decided to make the most out of the situation & decorate!! #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/dgW7uNN536
— Jaclyn Corin (@JaclynCorin) April 2, 2018
So we got clear backpacks today. They never said we couldn’t customize them. pic.twitter.com/QMwC0pAM4v
— Sheryl (Oli) #neveragain (@tsukkiu) April 2, 2018
my favorite clear backpack designs from today 😍 pic.twitter.com/pmnyjrLyyi
— alyssa goldfarb (@alysgoldfarb) April 3, 2018