Stoneman Douglas student turned anti-gun activist, David Hogg, claimed in an Axios interview that students’ First Amendment rights were being infringed upon by the use of clear backpacks.
His statement comes after it was announced that Stoneman Douglas students will be required to carry clear plastic backpacks when they return to classes after Spring Break, instead of their usual book bags, CNN reported.
Additionally, eight Florida State troopers joined the security staff on Thursday morning at the Parkland high school where a former student shot 17 students and faculty on Feb. 14, the Orlando Weekly reported.
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In the interview, Hogg voiced his opposition to the clear backpacks.
“I think after we come back from spring break, they’re requiring all of us to have clear backpacks,” Hogg said. “I think one of the most important, one of the other important things to realize is, many students want their privacy.”
“There are many, for example, females at our school.” Hogg continued. “When they go through their menstrual cycle, they don’t want people to see their tampons and stuff. And it’s just unnecessary and it’s embarrassing for a lot of the students and it makes them feel isolated and separated from the rest of American school culture when they’re having essentially their First Amendment rights infringed upon because they can’t freely wear whatever backpack they want…”
It’s not clear how clear backpacks allegedly violate students’ rights to freedom of speech.
Hogg offered an alternative solution to keep students safe.
“What we should have is just more policies that make sure that these students are feeling safe and secure in their schools,” Hogg concluded.
You can see the video clip of the interview below:
After a month of attacking American's Second Amendment rights, David Hogg says having to use clear backpacks infringes on his "First Amendment rights."
Hogg cites potential embarrassment for students going through "their menstrual cycle" because of their "tampons and stuff." pic.twitter.com/51Ote4Jw79
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