Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are criticizing and mocking their new clear backpacks on Twitter.

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Parkland teens mock—and criticize—their new clear backpacks

‘I feel sooo safe now.’


Kris Seavers


With the nation watching, students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School tweeted on Monday what it was like to go about their days with mandated transparent backpacks.

The backpacks are part of new safety rules implemented after a gunman killed 17 people at the Parkland, Florida, high school in February.

“When students return from spring break, clear backpacks are the only backpacks that will be permitted on campus,” said the superintendent of Broward County Public Schools, Robert Runcie, in a letter addressed to students’ families last month, according to BuzzFeed News.

The letter also said students would be required to carry student identification badges, and that the district is considering other safety measures like metal-detecting wands and permanent metal detectors.

On social media, students criticized—and mocked—the clear backpacks, comparing them to airport security.

Many students feel the clear backpacks are an invasion of privacy, and worse, a distraction from substantial measures to prevent gun violence in schools, specifically gun control legislation.

Plenty of students also joked about the backpacks, saying they wouldn’t be sharing the gum their peers can now see through clear plastic.

Despite the jokes, many students are making their argument clear: The backpacks aren’t enough to make them feel safe from gun violence, and they’re still fighting for action from lawmakers.

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