Wednesday, 14 November, 2018

Black students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School want to be heard

Meadow Pollack one of the seventeen victims who was killed in the Wednesday Feb. 14 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School sits against a cross as part of a public memorial in Parkland Fla. N Survivor's guilt for students who were absent during school shooting
| 05 April, 2018, 01:45

Student activist Cameron Kasky went to school on Tuesday with a see-through backpack filled with tampons, an act of protest against the school's new clear-bag policy.

"We will need to use the first few days to issue backpacks and organize around the new procedures", Superintendent Robert Runcie said.

About 11% of the high school's 3,000 students are black, and some say their concerns about gun violence are not getting enough attention, WPEC reported. He said it makes his fellow students uncomfortable, particularly girls who may carry feminine products.

School Principal Ty Thompson sent a memo to parents about the precautions over the weekend, according to The Associated Press, comparing the process with entering a sporting event, or Disney World. "I know it's for my own safety, but I still feel uneasy about it".

Metal detecting wands are planned but those aren't ready and district officials haven't given a date for when they will be implemented.

Students, now required to wear ID badges around their necks at all times, are being allowed inside through four monitored gates before school starts, and through just one entry point after the bell rings.

Longtime NRA board member and musician Ted Nugent isn't backing down from criticizing some of the Parkland school shooting survivors, despite the backlash he's received.


FAU hosted the Marjory Stoneman Douglas football team at practice last month.

The school provides the backpacks at no cost.

"It is very hard to balance both convenience/privacy with safety/security; if there is more of one, the other often suffers, but I will do my best to balance the two", he wrote.

Classroom doors will also be locked at all times and exterior doors and gates will be locked and secured throughout the day.

On Monday morning, many students entered the campus carrying plastic grocery bags containing their books and other belongings.

'We are doing this in order to demonstrate the fact that we stand together on all issues and that we, as a student body, refuse to be reduced to nothing more than dollars and cents, ' Koerber said. He was arrested by authorities and is now being held at the Broward County jail in Fort Lauderdale on $500,000 bail - the same place his brother, Nikolas, is awaiting trial for the alleged perpetration of the February 14 massacre.

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