California School District Purchases AR-15s to Protect Students

by S.H. Blannelberry,  |  published on January 28, 2013

In the wake of recent mass shootings, school districts around the country are stepping up security measures to protect their students, faculty and staff. Along those lines, some are arming their respective police departments with AR-15s – a decision that many see as being controversial.

The latest to take this step toward enhanced school safety is the Fontana Unified School District Police Department in Southern California, which – with the blessing of FUSD Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks – purchased 14 Colt LE6940 rifles last fall following the movie theater shooting in Aurora, CO.

The rifles were delivered in December, just prior to the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. In the ensuing weeks, the district’s school police officers would spend 40 hours training with their new semiautomatic rifles, according to the Associated Press.

Fontana Police Chief Rodney Jones and Mayor Acquanetta Warren backed the call to acquire the rifles.

“It’s unfortunate that we have to have that, but it’s the best message we can send to anybody that thinks to harm our children,” Jones KCAL 9. “The message we’re sending is…not here, not now, we’re prepared for you. And if you seek to harm our children, we will neutralize that threat and you will most likely be killed.”

Mayor Warren added, “Everyone wants children safe. At this time, we as a community, we have to come together and find other ways. But in the interim, our police officers need to be equipped.”

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