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Interesting Move to Preventing Gun Violence

Robert W. Runcie, superintendent of Broward County Public School, announced that students will be required to have clear backpacks in order to attend Douglas High School after spring break. They also made it clear that they will provide each student with a backpack that are deemed worthy by their standards at no cost.

In my opinion, this is a very interesting way to recover from gun violence at a school that had a shooting last month. Likewise, a very immediate response to 3 students who got arrested this week alone (2 were arrested for bringing knives to school, 1 was arrested for threats on Snapchat.)

In addition, the district is debating on using metal detectors in addition to using the clear backpacks.  However, Runcie recently criticized it at being ineffective, saying that “someone is not going to go through a metal detector with an AR-15”. He equally said that metal detectors do not help create a welcoming learning environment. However, it will relieve the tension currently lingering from the previous shooting and recent events (like the suspect’s brother trespassing on campus and the school’s deputy falling asleep on the job).

If Manhattanville, or even if your hometown High School, was to implement this how would you guys feel? Would it feel unwelcoming or would feel safer with these safety integrations in place.

-Katelynn DiBiccari

3 comments

  1. I think that it is an interesting idea to have all students use clear backpacks, but at the same time this leaves students with less privacy.

    The concept of having metal detectors in schools has been an ongoing debate. I have seen many news articles where people feel that the presence of metal detectors in schools may directly impact students and leave them feeling more unsafe. On the opposite side, metal detectors can reduce the risks of any future occurrences and ensure safety to students.

    When it comes to students using clear backpacks and metal detectors being implemented in schools, I am not sure where side I lean to. This is something that I would really have to further research to lay out all the pros and cons.

  2. That is interesting. I’m not sure that it would be the perfect solution, it could be easy to get around, but it is a step in the right direction. The backpacks seem less intimidating than the metal detectors. I am curious to see how effective this will be in preventing future incidents.

  3. I think this is a great idea! I also agree that having metal dectors won’t stop someone with an AR-15 but let me play devil’s advocate for a second. Do you think that having a clear bag pack will stop some with an AR-15? Given the side of this weapon I don’t think so. This idea might stop someone with small arms such as a hand gun from inflicting harm.

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