David Hogg, a student activist and survivor of the Florida school attack in mid-February, believes it’s unconstitutional for his high school to require students to carry clear backpacks.
In the wake of the deadly shooting attack at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, where 17 people were killed, administrators will be requiring students to carry clear backpacks when they return from spring break in April.
While some students are happy with the decision, Hogg argued Friday it’s a violation of students’ constitutionally protected rights.
“One of the other important things to realize is many students want their privacy,” Hogg told Axios’ Mike Allen. “There are many, for example, females in our school that when they go through their menstrual cycle, they don’t want people to see their tampons and stuff.”
The new policy, he said, will make students feel like they’re in “a prison”:
“It’s unnecessary, it’s embarrassing for a lot of the students and it makes them feel isolated and separated from the rest of American school culture, where they’re having essentially their First Amendment rights infringed upon because they can’t freely wear whatever backpack they want regardless of what it is.”
The teenage activist said his high school should implement “more policies that make sure that these students are feeling safe and secure,” though he didn’t extrapolate on what that would look like.
Administrators’ backpack policy — and Hogg’s reaction — came after Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) promised to sign legislation banning the sale of bump stocks in the state, establishing mental health programs, and allowing some school faculty to carry firearms.