By: Sharon Aron Baron
The younger brother of Cameron Kasky wrote to the Superintendent of Broward County Schools a letter telling him why clear backpacks aren’t a good idea when they head back to school after spring break.
According to new safety measures issued by the school district, students who survived the Parkland school shooting, must wear their ID badges and use clear backpacks.
Holden Kasky, who has autism, wrote a list of reasons why clear backpacks weren’t a good idea. He was concerned that they were uncomfortable and that girls wouldn’t be able to hide private bathroom items they needed. He also said he didn’t want people to be uncomfortably judged, and if someone really wanted to bring a weapon to school, they would be able to hide it – referring to the student who was arrested after carrying a knife in her bra on March 20.
On February 14, Cameron Kasky, organizer for the March For Our Lives, had left his drama class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to pick Holden up from his special needs classroom before going home for the afternoon. Cameron told CNN, that he huddled in a room, surrounded by the students listening to terrifying noises they couldn’t quite identify, and spent an hour plagued by uncontrolled anxiety … waiting for answers.
In a tweet to Broward County Public School Superintendent Runcie, their father Jeff Kasky, wrote: Dear Supt Runcie, I am posting this at the request of my son Holden Kasky (9th graded ESE) who for the reasons set forth herein, disapproves of the new mandate for clear backpacks. He worked very hard on this letter. Thank you again for your consideration.