Out in California, the Fontana Unified School District Police Department—since when did school districts have their own police departments is an entirely different discussion--has purchased 14 AR-15 assault weapons in order to, they say, protect students from the threat of gun violence. They didn’t use the money to buy books, or computers, or give teachers more money, they bought weaponry.
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District Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks approved the acquisition of the rifles, which he says are being held in locked safes for the sole use of responding police officers in the event of an attack. It begs the question: do the police in that area not have enough guns that they need an armory at the schools?
Both the Fontana Police Chief, Rodney Jones, and the mayor, Acquanetta Warren, supported Olsen-Binks’ decision to buy guns instead of books; Jones said, “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. 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.”
Actually, the message might be, ‘if you plan on coming here, we’re heavily armed so you be heavily armed, too, and more innocent lives will be lost.’
Not to be outdone in idiocy, Mayor Warren said, “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.”
So, rather than find an alternative other than weaponry method to keep kids safe, you’ll just stockpile guns?
Not everyone is on board with the superintendent, the mayor, and the police chief. School board member Sophia Green says, “If a person who has the intention of coming on campus to kill… knows we have the AR-15s…they might come with something even bigger or better. They will come prepared.”
Funny. That’s what I said a few lines up. Wonder why Olsen-Binks, Jones and Warren didn’t get that?
Plus, Sophia Green is alleging that school officials have held three public safety meetings and failed to mention once that the weapons had already been purchased.
It was all done in secret.
Guns. In schools.