- April 20, 2018 at 12:03 pm #50184ArtfulParticipant
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It’s clear: A lot of Stoneman Douglas students don’t like their new see-through backpacks, so they’re using them to protest
“This backpack is probably worth more than my life.”
So says a tweet from Carmen Lo, one of the many Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students who took to social media after transparent backpacks were handed out to the school’s 3,300 students on Monday.
The backpacks are part of the new safety measures taking effect at the Parkland school, where 17 people were shot and killed and 17 others were wounded Feb. 14.
On social media, particularly Twitter, many Stoneman Douglas students were showing off their backpack hacks, or the ways in which they’ve managed to personalize their new school bags.
Many of the students used their new backpacks to make a statement, with the inference being that trying to reduce gun violence with transparent plastic backpacks was ridiculous, and for some, insulting.
“Clear backpacks are stupid,” one student wrote on a sheet of paper he was displaying from the inside of his backpack.
Others were attaching the $1.05 price tag used by some students to protest Florida Senator Marco Rubio.
“When you take 3,140,167, the number of students enrolled in Florida schools, and divide it by $3,303,355, the amount of money Marco Rubio has received from the National Rifle Association, it comes out to $1.05,” studen Sarah Chadwick said in her speech at the March For Our Lives rally in Washington on March 24.
Yet others pointed out that the new backpacks could bring unwanted attention to personal items.
Other students saw some humor in the situation. Alex Wind, one of the #NeverAgain leaders, tweeted a clip of an amped-up Oprah Winfrey. It was an obvious reference to Oprah’s famous practice of giving away expensive stuff to audience members on her daytime talk show.
Yet another student drew a pair of crying eyes with “Prisoner #0612074413” written in red and blue marker on the backpack. That number isn’t random, though. It’s actually her student number.
Another enterprising student used his to advertise the fact he’s on the market. “I AM SINGLE,” a sheet of paper inside the backpack reads. All caps, of course.
And Jaclyn Corin, another prominent student-activist, affixed March For Our Lives-related pins to hers.
“Thousands of clear backpacks were donated to MSD…it’s a shame b/c they should’ve been given to a school that actually needs the supplies. But since we’re stuck with them, I decided to make the most out of the situation & decorate!!” she tweeted.
In response, Stoneman Douglas principal Ty Thompson tweeted, “Thanks for embracing it Jackie. We will adjust as needed moving forward.”
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- April 21, 2018 at 9:26 am #50189popperParticipant
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What would you expect from a liberal arts/journalism oriented school full of mush heads?
- April 21, 2018 at 5:53 pm #50191kensParticipant
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My kids had to have clear backpacks since elementary school ,here.
What is it they are whining about. ?
- April 22, 2018 at 12:35 am #50195ArtfulParticipant
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From what I observe everything – they don’t like being given free stuff, they don’t like that others can see inside and what they are carrying in them, They don’t want to carry what everyone else is carrying.
- April 22, 2018 at 10:40 am #50205HarterParticipant
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They could just get a book strap and pocket protector and not carry backpack .
I’m just a problem solving fool .
They could just all go to private schools or better yet all home school staying safely behind locked doors with no intrusion on the right to keep and bare personal items in their backpacks .
Everything is digital now why do they need backpacks anyway ? Why not just something like a vest with the license window like ….what Michigan ….Indy ? Certainly that’s large enough for the I phone/pad 69-6 with blue teeth .
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