Schoolhouse Beat

Fontana, Calif., district buys high-powered rifles for school security

In California, the Fontana Unified School District's police force has purchased several high-powered rifles, The Fontana Herald-News says. The 14 rifles were purchased last October, before the shooting deaths at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut,  but were not received until December. Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks says the weapons are to be kept in a safe and only used in extreme emergency cases.

The rifle purchase drew strong opposition from School Board Member Leticia Garcia, who was "appalled that the superintendent would arbitrarily and unilaterally make a policy decision to arm Fontana School Police with high powered rifles."

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