David Hogg Displeased After School Listens to Him but Bans HIS Rights


In what may be deemed another non-solution from lawmakers on gun-control, some Florida students will now be required to use clear backpacks when on school grounds.

Last week, Broward County public school superintendent Robert Runcie announced that the district planned to implement a “solution” to avoid gun violence and that, after Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s spring break ended, students would be required to use clear backpacks if they wanted to be admitted on school grounds.

According to The Blaze, however, student David Hogg has spoken out about the requirement and argued that district officials’ “solution” is rather an infringement on his classmates’ rights.

“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,” Hogg stated.

Hogg also said that his peers shouldn’t have to feel as if they’re going to a type of “prison” when attending school, and cited even more privacy concerns when it came to his female classmates and the feminine products they usually carry along with them.

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“One of the other important things to realize is many students want their privacy,” Hogg said. “What we should have is just more policies that make sure that these students are feeling safe and secure in their schools and not like they’re being fought against like it’s a prison.”

Since the Parkland, Florida shooting that took the lives of 17 people on Feb. 14, Hogg has been — along with hundreds of students — an avid voice amid those advocating for stricter gun control laws.

Many sympathized and expressed similar sentiment towards the newly-implemented requirement, but others strongly disagreed with Hogg’s hypocritical statement.

As reported by The Western Journal, thousands rallied for stricter gun laws in the aftermath of the devastating Parkland shooting, where numerous family members, friends and classmates of the victims joined the march.

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Though the debate surrounding Second Amendment rights has only placed further pressure on lawmakers, a statement by White House deputy press secretary Lindsay Walters at Saturday’s march praised the protesters for taking advantage of their First Amendment freedoms.

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“We applaud the many courageous young Americans exercising their First Amendment rights today,” Walters said.

“Keeping our children safe is a top priority of the President’s,” she added. “Which is why he urged Congress to pass the Fix NICS and STOP School Violence Acts, and signed them into law.”

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Becky is an ASU grad who uses her spare time to read, write and play with her dog, Tasha. Her interests include politics, religion, and all things science. Her work has been published with ASU's Normal Noise, Phoenix Sister Cities, and "Dramatica," a university-run publication in Romania.
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