A suburban public school in Southern California has purchased high-powered assault rifles, this in spite of public debates on whether guns should be allowed in schools.
The Fontana Unified School District purchased 14 Colt LE6940 rifles for the school police last fall, which were delivered by the first week of December” about a week before the Connecticut school shooting, saying these rifles could prevent a massacre.
Fontana isn’t the first district to try this. Other Southern California districts also have rifle programs with some in operation for several years already.
Fontana school district police Chief Billy Green said the money from fingerprinting fees were used to purchase the guns for $14,000. Green made the decision for the firearm acquisitions after discovering a “critical vulnerability” in his force’s ability to protect the students. The police officers, who already wear sidearms, will likely be incapable of stopping a shooter like the one in Sandy Hook elementary school in Connecticut, he said.
“They (the police) are not walking around telling kids, ‘Hurry up and get to class’ with a gun around their necks. Parents need to know that if there was a shooter on their child’s campus that was equipped with body armor or a rifle, we would not be limited in our ability to stop that threat to their children,” explained Chief Green.
Parents and students expressed their dissatisfaction with the rifles, with some asking what happens when the wrong person gets hold of the guns, and why get expensive guns when guidance counselors were let go two years ago due to tight budgets.