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Officials at marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida to require that all students wear clear backpacks on campus as a new round of security measures are implemented in Broward County Public Schools.
Superintendent Robert Runcie on Wednesday declared in a letter that the new rules come in the midst of recent “questions about the District’s efforts to enhance school campuses and increase the safety protocols.”
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In addition to students having to wear clear backpacks, which the Miami Herald reported will be provided by the school district, the students must also wear identification badges, while on the Stoneman Douglas campus.
After the Feb. 14 massacre carried out by Nikolas Cruz, a former student, a teacher, said in an e-mail had circulated among the staff to let them know Cruz should not be allowed to wear a backpack at school.
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Other security measures include locking classroom doors”, ” security of external doors and gates often, and “the execution of emergency preparedness and response training for faculty, staff and students on a regular basis.”
“Code red” active shooter trainings will be carried out, although the “protocols and frequency of the exercises will soon be evaluated with enforcement of the law, and the school district of the security camera system will be upgraded in Broward County.
The new rules will take effect during the first week of April, when students return from spring break.
The letter points to the recent school safety bill signed by Florida Gov. Rick Scott, as the reason why such safety measures can now be awarded to the school district. The bill allocated $400 million to take advantage of the school security and mental health measures.
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The bill, Runcie’s letter stated, will also be the Broward County schools with $ 8.5 million to the position of at least one school resource officer at each school beginning in the next school year.
The Herald reported that the school district is also the exploration of the possibilities for the consolidation of points of entry for students and employees to make use of metal detection wands and the installation of permanent metal detectors.”
The letter came a day after the Deputy Moises Carotti, of the Broward County Sheriff’s Office, was suspended after allegedly caught sleeping in his car, while he was supposed to be patrolling in the 1200 building of Stoneman Douglas.
After the reported suspension, Gov. Scott offered to send eight Florida Highway Patrol officers at the high school for added security — an offer the district accepted.
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