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 April 3, 2018  Surveillance, U.S., Youth & Schools

Robby Soave writes:

Students returned to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School this morning sporting new, mandatory transparent backpacks.

This so-called safety measure, like so many others proposed in the wake of the horrific mass shooting—installing metal detectors, hiring more school resource officers, raising the minimum age to purchase an AR-15—is security theater.

One can understand why survivors of the Parkland shooting might want an extra level of comfort as they resume classes this week. But many students seem to understand that the transparent backpack mandate is a violation of their privacy rights. “My school is starting to feel like a prison,” student Sarah Chadwick said, according to Buzzfeed News

h/t, Joe Cadillic

I’m not so sure this is a violation of any privacy rights students may have, Bobby Soave’s beliefs or preferences notwithstanding. Where are the legal cites to support any assertion that is a violation of student privacy rights?

  4 Responses to “Mandatory Transparent Backpacks Violate Students’ Privacy Rights (Or Do They?)”

  1. I think I have to side with Bobby; while he may not have privacy when it comes to school administration (they could search his bag anytime they want, I imagine), he does have a right to privacy with regard to other students. Just because some people have a right to search his stuff, doesn’t mean everyone in the building does.

  2. Um… are you applying Canadian notions of privacy or what you think U.S. laws are?

  3. Student fills his clear backpack with tampons as new school security measure is in effect

    https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2018/04/03/parkland-student-clear-backpack-tampons-privacy/481287002/

  4. Yes, I may be looking at it through the wrong glasses.