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Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are now required to use clear backpacks

Students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are lampooning new security measures that require them to use clear backpacks. The rule change took effect Monday as students returned to campus after spring break.

The school, located in Parkland, Florida, implemented the measure after 17 people were killed there in a shooting in February. Students and staff members are also being issued identification badges to be worn at all times, BuzzFeed News reports. Stoneman Douglas families were informed of the new rules in a letter from superintendent of Broward County Public Schools Robert Runcie, The New York Times reported last month.

The district is also considering "using metal-detecting wands and installing permanent metal detectors," BuzzFeed News reported last month. The New York Times described the new rules as "reminiscent of security measures at airports and professional sports venues."

Stoneman Douglas students voiced their criticism of the rule — along with a healthy dose of sarcasm — Monday on Twitter.

The backpack and identification rules were announced days after the suspected shooter's brother trespassed on school property and two Stoneman Douglas students were arrested for bringing knives to school, BuzzFeed News noted.