After the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, there has been rapid action to make schools more secure and reduce the risk of future mass shootings.
The changes have come quickly, which is rather unusual, considering the generally slow pace of the federal government.
On March 7th, Florida passed the Gun and School Safety Bill. This action occurred about three weeks after the shooting. Similar legislation has been introduced and has attracted bipartisan sponsors in Washington as well.
In addition to the bans on bump stocks, more funds are available for armed school resource officers. Perimeter security measures have been established in schools. New systems have been introduced that allow the anonymous reporting of students (or anyone else in the system) displaying aberrant or dangerous behavior. School-specific ID cards have been generated to help detect unauthorized persons looking to enter the campus as well. Some schools are even looking to bring in metal detectors.
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The Parkland shooting survivors who marched in D.C. are getting what they want, right? It is rare to see your demands met so quickly. As it turns out, however, most of them aren’t satisfied. Some are complaining that they feel like they’re returning to a prison rather than a school.
Students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School return to class Monday, their first day back since organizing one of the largest youth-led protests in US history. But these teenagers won’t be returning to a normal high school experience. Instead, they’ll be met with strict security measures which are intended to protect them from another mass shooting but have some students feeling as if they’ll be learning in a prison.
“Going to school is really so hard, and now it’s going to be so much worse,” said Isabelle Robinson, a senior. “A lot of the people I’ve talked to are dreading going back.” …
“It feels like being punished,” Robinson told CNN. “It feels like jail, being checked every time we go to school.”
When classes first resumed two weeks after the shooting, Principal Thompson told students not to bring backpacks at all while they focused on their emotional health and not the curriculum.
It is perfectly normal for students to feel outraged or frightened at the number of school shootings. It is completely understandable to ask to be more secure in both their homes and their schools. Increased security, although, comes at a price. It may even include inconvenience or disruption to your normal schedule.
As these kids mature, they will surely understand the response to their demands with a much broader perspective.
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Credit: Hot Air