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.