Americans seem to either love guns or hate/fear guns, depending on what side of the never-ending gun control debate you happen to be on. With an increasing amount of attention being paid to school security after a spate of school shootings (both deliberate and horrifyingly accidental), it makes sense for school districts to be looking to increase security. A Colorado school district has purchased 10 Bushmaster AR-15 rifles to arm its security guards. I guess they are trying for peace through superior firepower.
“They will not be in the schools,” said Douglas County School District director of security Richard Payne. “They will only be deployed if there is a situation where they need to be deployed. Our main focus is to make sure that all of the students, staff, parents and community members are safe when they’re on any of our school properties.”
All security officers with Douglas County will have to pass the same 20-hour training course as police officers. The weapons themselves will be kept locked in patrol cars, kind of like how they are on current cop cars. The district’s security guards are currently armed with handguns. The district has 81 schools and 767,000 students.
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