School Police Force Gets High-Powered Semiautomatic Rifles

FONTANA, Calif. (January 23, 2013)—The Fontana Unified School District police force in Fontana, Calif., has acquired semiautomatic rifles for officers to take to campuses as part of a controversial safety program.

The district’s police force purchased 14 of the Colt 6940 rifles last fall, well before the school massacre in Newtown, Conn., and the $1,000 rifles arrived last month.

School police Chief Billy Green said the guns are stored at police headquarters, but trained officers can take them to campuses and keep them locked in their offices during school hours.

Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks says they're only to be used if there's an attack on a campus.

Critics say such guns have no place on campuses and the $14,000 should have been used to restore counseling programs.

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