After spring break, security will be stepped up at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in a way we haven’t seen at many other schools around the country. Students will soon have clear backpacks, badges and pass through metal detectors. The Miami Herald reports:
“When Marjory Stoneman Douglas High students return from spring break the first week of April, they will only be allowed to use a clear backpack that will be provided to them.
Students will also be required to wear identification badges at all times and could soon see metal detectors installed.”
More troopers will also be on site.
FHP will be deploying eight troopers to Marjory Stoneman Douglas. We will stop at nothing to protect our schools and our students. https://t.co/oo2CnorIXc
— Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) March 21, 2018
The Sun-Sentinel is also reporting:
“The district has expedited the completion of “single point of entry” measures for campus visitors, which use fencing and door systems to limit access to one entrance. Runcie said the work will be completed at all schools by early 2019.”
These changes are coming after students expressed concerns that their school still wasn’t safe. Two students were charged this week with bringing knives to school, the shooting suspect’s brother was arrested and charged with trespassing at the school (bond was set at $500,000) and a deputy hired to watch the school was caught sleeping in his car.
But many students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas say the extra security isn’t what they are looking for. They want gun control across the country.
— TIME (@TIME) March 22, 2018
Politicians are focusing on only school violence, not gun violence in general because they don’t want gun laws. My school & other schools are going to become like prisons (which we can’t afford) because politicians care more about $ than enacting gun laws to save lives.
— Hannah // MSD Strong (@Han_inthemirror) March 22, 2018
Great. Because clear backpacks are gonna fix everything. I appreciate the attempt, but I’d rather have common since gun laws than a clear backpack.
— Lauren Hogg (@lauren_hoggs) March 21, 2018
Clear backpacks don't do anything except make us look stupid. We want to be safe, not uncomfortable. The only thing that can really have an impact on our safety is gun control
— Carly Novell (@car_nove) March 21, 2018
To the Republicans wearing their F rating from the NRA as a badge of honor-
We salute your strength as you refuse to let party lines define your sense of right and wrong.
We will stand beside all politicians from both sides of the aisle who discuss common sense gun laws.
— Cameron Kasky (@cameron_kasky) March 22, 2018
#IWillMarch because 17 too many lost their lives at our school.#IWillMarch because I know that if I were in their position, they would be marching for me. #MarchForOurLives #NeverAgain pic.twitter.com/Brf1uncPno
— Alex Wind (@al3xw1nd) March 21, 2018
The March For Our Lives is this Saturday.