Ask and You Shall Receive
Ask and you shall receive. Students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are not happy as they’ve taken to social media to exclaim their absolute disgust with new rules aimed at making students safer. One measure is getting the majority of attention as students express their displeasure with having to use clear backpacks from now on. Their primary complaint is that it violates their privacy when they’ve done nothing wrong.
We sympathize entirely with the fact that many of these students are only recently removed from a tremendously tragic and traumatic event. It does not, however, release them from the constraints of a well-formed opinion on a subject. The fact that they endured something of such magnitude is indeed horrible, but it doesn’t make their arguments valid.
Lauren Hogg, a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School stated that her backpack is “as clear as the NRA’s agenda. I feel sooo safe now.”
Opposite of progress pic.twitter.com/qJqAtRghRF
— Sam Zeif #Douglasstrong (@SzZeif) April 2, 2018
We’re not quite sure we understand the angst. You wanted safety. This is part of the process. The powers that be, believe that you have not demonstrated the level of responsibility commiserate with having non-transparent backpacks. Do you not want people treating you like you’re in prison?
Ask and you shall receive. Don’t be surprised when you get exactly what you asked for.
There is an old saying;
“Every tyrant who has lived has believed in freedom – for himself.” — Elbert Hubbard
Sounds pretty familiar to the de-facto argument that each of these students is making. “We’ll decide what liberty we should have and we’ll decide what liberty you should have.” Freedom for themselves, but for no one else.
Clear backpacks may or may not be a great success in ensuring students safety, only time will tell. The real issue here is that students lamented loudly and vociferously for their safety. Steps were taken. Just not the steps they wanted. They wanted others to be stripped of their rights instead, and now they are unhappy. Trouble is, we doubt they’ll learn anything from their hypocrisy.