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Parkland students receive clear backpacks as part of enhanced security

Lauren Hogg  Twitter Lauren Hogg Twitter
Bennie Garza | 03 April, 2018, 01:31

Students wear clear backpacks outside of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., on April 2, 2018.

A Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student said the increased security measures her school is taking in the wake of February's mass shooting will make going back to school following spring break even more hard.

The new backpack rule is a mandate from the Broward County School Board as officials try to address some security concerns on the Parkland high school campus following the February 14 massacre that left 17 people dead. The students are being allowed through four monitored gates before school starts and only one after the opening bell.

The superintendent said sports equipment and musical instruments may be carried in non-clear bags but will be searched.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies and Florida Highway Patrol troopers have been staged around the school's campus to keep it secure.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) is adding additional law enforcement officers to the school and the district is "exploring options for consolidating points of entry for students and staff to include utilizing metal-detecting wands and potentially installing permanent metal detectors".

The change is not sitting well with many students.

"It feels like being punished", student Isabelle Robinson told CNN.

Cruz, 19, a former Stoneman Douglas student, entered campus through an open gate shortly before school ended for the day, carrying his AR-15 rifle in a bag.

His attorneys have acknowledged he is the shooter and have said he would plead guilty to murder in exchange for a life sentence.

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