Clear Backpacks for Schools

On February 14 2018, a school shooting occurred at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School taking 17 innocent students lives and injuring many other students and teachers.

There has been a major increase in activism after this tragedy took place. Walk outs were held internationally and protests such as “March for our lives” occured.

This incident is heartbreaking and schools all across the globe are trying to make school a safer place for kids to learn. Schools are trying to incorporate safe protocols to prevent mass shootings like these to happen again in the future. School should be a place for kids to learn and grow and for teachers to teach and inspire. So what can they do to make everyone feel safe?

MSD has issued to require students to wear clear backpacks and identification badges. School districts such as Ennis Independent and Chicago Public have also adopted this rule. The purpose of these backpacks is to stop students from carrying weapons and dangerous items to school with them. With a clear backpack, it is easy to see everything inside of the bag. But will this really be what prevents school shootings?

Aside from the fact that a shooting can occur from somebody who is not attending the school, the backpacks are affecting the way a school environment feels for students. According to racked.com, students feel as if “they’re an “invasion of privacy” and make school “feel like prison.””

There have been many arguments that if someone was to hide a weapon in their bag, a clear backpack would not prevent it. As stated by racked.com, “They take a book and hollow it out and put a gun in the book. This is not an anomaly. It’s a repeatedly used method. They buy all of these different containers and put the gun in there, or they put it in a tennis shoe or wrap the gun in their gym shorts. They get a rifle and put it in a musical instrument case.”

Some alternatives to having clear backpacks would be to have a dress code. With a dress code such as shirts being tucked in, it would make it harder to hide a weapon. Someone dressed otherwise can be seen as suspicious. As said in racked.com, “This is going back to the 1990s. A dress code is a lot more demanding of students. Not all of them liked it, but they accepted it. Kind of like I don’t like taking my shoes off at the airport, but the alternative is not very palatable.”

Let your voice be heard, speak out and stand up for the rights we deserve in memory of those that we lost.

 

Rebecca Interdonati