Six weeks after Marjory Stoneman-Douglas students suffered one of the most deadly mass shootings in the history of the United States, they returned from spring break with new, mandatory clear backpacks waiting for them. Along with gates to funnel the students into the school in a controlled, easily-observable manner, the new backpacks were meant to deter any shooters from carrying weapons on school grounds.
Almost immediately, the tweets and critiques started flowing. Junior Kai Koerber told CNN that he lost friends, teachers, and now his privacy while wondering why metal detectors weren’t installed.
“It’s difficult, we all now have to learn how to deal with not only the loss of our friends, but now our right to privacy. My school was a place where everyone felt comfortable, it was a home away from home, and now that home has been destroyed.”
Junior Isabella Pfeiffer explained to CNN that she felt this was just a pacifier. “This isn’t a solution to making sure that a tragedy like the one that happened at Douglas doesn’t happen again,” she said. “Many of us think that this is a way that legislators can pacify us instead of enacting actual change.”
It’s almost as if everything can change, or be adjusted, but Congress is still resistant to passing impactful gun control legislation.