Parkland Students Demanded More Security After Shooting. Now They Say It Feels ‘Like a Jail.’

In the weeks following the tragic Parkland high school shooting that left 17 people dead, many students have marched for stronger school security and new gun control laws.

But students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are reportedly unhappy with the new strict security policies on campus.

Senior Isabelle Robinson told CNN it feels like they are “being punished.” She added, “It feels like jail, being checked every time we go to school.”

Additionally, the school district is considering placing permanent metal detectors at schools and “consolidating points of entry for students and staff,” NBC Miami reported.

Senior Demitri Hoth acknowledged the need for new security procedures, but said “it feels like we are losing individualism.”

“I understand why they are doing it, but if a person wants to bring a gun on campus, they just aren’t going to put it in their backpack,” he said.

Kai Koerber, a junior at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, said “students lose more and more freedoms at MSD” every day. The student also claimed that “students of color have become targets and white students have become suspects.”

“We do not welcome the militarization of MSD. It is terrible to see our school lose control over the protection of their students and their families,” Koerber added.

Prior to the new security measures, many MSD students led the charge during the nationwide “March for Our Lives” rally in support of gun control. Much of the students’ ire was focused on guns and the National Rifle Association.

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