FONTANA, Calif. (KTLA) — Controversy is heating up in over 14 high-powered, semi-automatic rifles purchased by school police in Fontana.
The $19,000 worth of weaponry was purchased a few months ago by the Fontana Unified School District Police Chief Billy Green.
The rifles were ordered back in October — before the deadly school shooting in Newtown, Conn. — but officials say they hope they’ll prevent any future tragedies.
Some school board members objected to the move at the time, but on Wednesday night, the board voted unanimously in favor of dispatching the rifles.
They will be kept in safes on the campuses, that only school police will have access to.
According to Green, having the weapons could save lives in the event of an active shooter on campus.
Students appear to be divided on the matter — some saying it would make them feel safer, and other saying the rifles are overkill.
“There’s some pretty crazy people out here, so that will help them keep us safe,” one student said.
“I’m not really a gun person and I don’t believe in violence, so I don’t think it’s a good idea,” another student disagreed.