How Parkland students feel about their new mandatory clear backpacks

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After surviving a school shooting at their high school in Parkland, Florida, students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School returned from their spring break on Monday to new security measures that made some students feel as though they were in prison.

Security barriers and bag check lines greeted the students Monday morning and they were given, by administrators, their newest mandatory accessories: a clear backpack and an identification badge they are required to wear at all times.

Delaney Tarr, a senior at the high school, tagged Florida senator Marco Rubio in a tweet with a photo of her new bag containing feminine hygiene products with an orange $1.05 price tag attached to it.  In another tweet, she said, “starting off the last quarter of senior year right, with a good ol’ violation of privacy!”

Senior Carmen Lo also sported the price tag on her backpack and additionally put a sign inside that read, “this backpack is probably worth more than my life.”  She went on to say, “many students are actually unhappy with the clear backpacks, as they believe that it infringes on their privacy, so they wrote messages on pieces of paper and put it into the clear backpacks.”

“Just implement a system that works,” junior Kai Koerber told CNN, “Similar to what they do at court houses and the airport!  It’s terrible that girls will have no privacy concealing their feminine products, and these bags won’t last a week with real textbooks in them.  Metal detectors are a better solution.”

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