Students question new security measures regulating backpacks

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Scott Travis 
Monday, April 2nd, 2018

PARKLAND, Fla. — Marjory Stoneman Douglas High created a new environment Monday, with clear backpacks, bag searches, I.D. lanyards, police officers at every entrance and a student body skeptical that any of it will make them safer.

District officials say Stoneman Douglas, the site of a Feb. 14 shooting that killed 17, is serving as a pilot for possible districtwide security changes. Some schools already have more cops on campus, and dozens are now armed with AR-15 rifles. The district says it’s expediting plans to provide fencing and gates at about 100 schools.

The district limited the number of places students could enter Stoneman Douglas in the morning to four, with guards stationed at each spot. Metal-detecting wands weren’t being used Monday but are being considered, officials said.