High-Powered Rifles OK’d for Fontana Schools – Chris Burrous Reports

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.