In response to a wave of gun crime across the country, particularly in Newtown, Conn., the police department for a California school district just outside Los Angeles has purchased 14 AR-15 rifles in efforts to protect its students.
“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,” Mr. Jones told CBS Los Angeles. “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.”
The acquisition of rifles has naturally received some backlash. School board member Sophia Green said she did not believe the guns would make students safer. She said police did not inform the board of their plans during three public safety meetings about campus violence.
“They did have meetings, but at no point [did anyone say], ‘semi-automatic guns will be bought,’ ‘we have semi-automatic guns,’ or ‘semi-automatic guns are being stored on school property,’” she told CBS.
Anna Conklin, a child development specialist, also opposed storing the guns on school grounds, urging more counseling.
“We, as a society, need to address why children are growing up to commit these acts as teens and adults. I don’t see how adding more weapons on a campus is addressing that,” she said.
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