Just a few short weeks after Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School was rocked by the horrific murders of 17 of its students and teachers by an unstable young man, many school districts are pulling out all the stops to find better ways to improve safety for their students.
Parkland, Florida school officials have come up with an innovative idea in their quest to make their school safer. It may not stop all future incidents but goes a long way toward making sure that students cannot bring contraband weapons onto campus.
As students returned to school following Spring break, they were given a surprising, and some might say unwanted, gift: clear backpacks.
To say that some students are unhappy about the new rule would be an understatement. Upset at the violation of their "privacy" they are taking to social media to vent their anger.
Others are pointing out that restricting freedoms of one sort or another is the only way to improve security on school campuses. Whether it's metal detectors, armed guards, locked doors, or locker inspections, it's no longer "business as usual" in our nation's schools. And, really, should it be?
It's a hard lesson to learn but, in this day-and-age, it's a sad reality. While students-turned-anti-gun activists are clamoring to restrict gun rights, they are at the same time unwilling to give up the "right" to carry a backpack of their choice.
Only time will tell if this move has any lasting effect. But one thing is for certain - the debate over school security is only getting started. With heavy resistance on both sides, there are sure to be heated disagreements on what direction to go.
One thing everyone can agree upon, though, is that students need to be safe while they are away from home. The best way to ensure that, however, is a matter of opinion.