Parents, staff speak out about Fontana school district’s high caliber rifles

Leanne (KABC) | January 24, 2013

FONTANA, Calif. — Faculty members and parents spoke out Wednesday night at a Fontana Unified School District board meeting after learning school police are now armed with 14 high caliber rifles.

“It’s quite troubling that we can’t afford comprehensive school counseling, but we can come up with the funds for weapons,” said Anna Conkland of Fontana.

The guns, which cost the department $14,000, did not require school board approval.

“I believe this was something that should have been brought to a board and for us to speak with the staff, the parents, just the community in general, find out from the cops why the guns are needed,” said school board member Sophia Green.

School officials said the purchase was necessary to protect students at all 45 Fontana campuses.

“The police, they know where and how to handle the situations if anybody came on our campus, and you know, I’d rather be safe than sorry,” said Dee Dee Arganda, a Fontana Unified School District teacher.

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