Congress can’t seem to get its head around passing the common sense gun safety laws approved by the majority of Americans (seriously, some polls have over 90% in favor of universal background checks!).
Instead, students have to deal with school safety “solutions” many consider to be, frankly, a joke.
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School passed out clear backpacks to its students on Monday, leading many to unleash their frustration with the half-measure on
Some were earnest, some sarcastic. Multiple students pointed out their new procedures essentially turned their school into an airport check-in.
Many students decorated their bags with the $1.05 price tags from the March For Our Lives — that’s the amount they’ve calculated Florida Senator Marco Rubio gets from the NRA for each student enrolled in his state.
Ok but how are clear backpacks going to protect douglas kids from an AR-15
— Kyra Parrow (@longlivekcx) April 2, 2018
These clear backpacks accomplish absolutely nothing. Not every item placed in the bag is visible and there is no possible way to monitor the contents of over 3000 backpacks. It’s great to know that this is where my community puts its resources.
— Kyrah Simon (@kyrahsimon) April 2, 2018
My new backpack is almost as transparent as the NRA’s agenda.
I feel sooo safe now.
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. #clearbackpacks #MarchForOurLives pic.twitter.com/HqBIeGjzF9
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) April 2, 2018
General consensus is frustration from students and teachers re: clear backpacks. Personally, though, I don’t mind the IDs. Sidenote, where can I register for MSD Pre-Check? pic.twitter.com/kytezEyrCh
— Nikhita Nookala (@nikta04) April 2, 2018
The longest condemnation of the plan came from freshman Holden Kasky, the autistic little brother of #NeverAgain movement leader Cameron Kasky, who wrote an open letter to the school superintendent:
@RobertwRuncie Dear Supt. Runcie, I am posting this at the request of my son Holden Kasky (9th gd ESE), who, for the reasons set forth herein, disapproves of the new mandate for clear backpacks. He worked VERY HARD on this letter. Thank you for your consideration. #NeverAgainMSD pic.twitter.com/i2PrkXpSet
— Jeff Kasky (@JeffKasky) March 30, 2018
[Image via Twitter.]