Georgia School District Equipping Resource Officers with AR-15s

Georgia School District Equipping Resource Officers with AR-15s

On December 16th the Gainesville, GA, school board voted to purchase Colt M4 AR-15s for resource officers in its middle and high schools. 

The rifles will be kept in safes in school and will be accessed “using biometric technology.” This will limit access only to those people — resource officers — whose finger prints have been saved into the biometric mechanism.

According to The Washington Times, chairwoman Maria Calkins said the school board has “a very strong working relationship with the Gainesville Police Department.” She said she and other board members work “with [the police] every day to protect the kids and make Gainesville City Schools a safe place.”

The school board allotted $6,000 for AR-15 purchases.

Every board member except Willie Mitchell voted for providing the rifles to resource officers. Mitchell said he voted “no” because he “just can’t buy into guns in school.” 

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