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Parkland Teens Are Livid About Their School’s Latest Pathetic “Solution” To Stop Shootings

Parkland teens are done suffering adults’ B.S. and demanding real action on gun control. Unfortunately, the “responsible adults” charged with their safety haven’t wised up. They’re pulling every trick in the book to make it appear like they’re solving the problem of school gun violence and the latest attempt is pretty pathetic.

Superindentent of Broward County schools Robert Runcie promised to “enhance school safety measures,” now we know what he had in mind.

In a letter to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School families, the superintendent said, “When students return from spring break, clear backpacks are the only backpacks that will be permitted on campus.” If students can’t afford a clear backpack they can get one free of charge.

Needless to say, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas students weren’t thrilled with this lame idea:

 

One student pointed to an awkward unintended consequence of the rule: no privacy.

Beyond that, the measure is sure to further stratify students by class. Those forced to carry the “free” clear backpacks because of financial hardship will essentially be wearing a clear indicator (no pun intended) that they’re not as wealthy as other students.

There’s also nothing stopping a school shooter from wrapping a handgun in a towel or something else. And what about the other things students carry? Gym bags, band instrument cases, and other opaque containers students routinely carry can be used just as easily to smuggle in weapons.

Turning schools into intimidating places where students are constantly reminded their lives are endanger doesn’t create an environment conducive to learning.

And that’s really the problem with any effort to solve school shootings that involves making them “hardened targets.” Arming teachers, increasing police presences, and forcing airport-style security checkpoints are all designed to intimidate would-be shooters into not attacking schools. Unfortunately, it’s also going to intimidate every student by creating an atmosphere where they’re potential shooting suspects first and students second. A day spent worrying about shootings or worrying about being mistaken for a shooter is not a day spent learning. Why can’t we try comprehensive gun control first?