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Parkland student fills his clear backpack with tampons as new school security measure is in effect

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Many Marjory Stoneman Douglas students behind the #NeverAgain movement don’t support a new requirement to carry only clear backpacks.

Some see it as an invasion of privacy, and some say it’s not the change that’s needed to ensure school safety. 

Junior Cameron Kasky tweeted a photo of his clear backpack full of tampons Tuesday as a comment on the measure.  

As of Tuesday morning, the photo was retweeted nearly 2,000 times. He followed up with a comment about tampon prices, also making a point to say women’s health products should be easier to access.

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Last month, families of the Florida high school where a gunman killed 17 people were informed by Broward Schools superintendent Robert Runcie that clear backpacks would be a requirement after spring break. Students also will be required to wear identification badges at all times. 

Additional security personnel will be assigned to the Parkland, Fla., campus, and the school district was considering metal detectors, Runcie said at the time. 

Some students pushed back at the news then. Senior Kyra Parrow said clear backpacks are “just the illusion of security.”

Now, as the requirement takes effect,  students adamant for stricter gun laws are voicing louder concerns. 

A photo of Carmen Lo was widely shared, showing the senior with a sign inside her clear backpack that reads: “This backpack is probably worth more than MY LIFE.”

Lo, along with other students, also displayed a $1.05 orange tag intended to protest politicians who accept money from the National Rifle Association. The tags were also seen during last month’s March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., when student activists David Hogg and Lauren Hogg said the dollar amount represented how much Republican senator Marco Rubio accepted from the NRA divided by every student in the state.

Lauren Hogg took to Twitter Monday with a photo of her wearing her new school-issued backpack, saying she appreciates “the effort” but there should be more of a focus on stricter gun laws. 

Delaney Tarr posted a photo of her backpack, saying she was “starting off the last quarter of senior year right, with a good ol’ violation of privacy!”

Senior Sam Zeif called the backpacks the “opposite of progress.”

Ryan W. Miller contributed to this story. 

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