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Some parents upset by purchase of rifles for school officers

Associated Press - June 11, 2017 8:54 pm

Some parents of Shawnee Mission School District students in eastern Kansas aren't happy to learn the public school district has bought eight semi-automatic rifles for its school resource officers.

Some parents of Shawnee Mission School District students in eastern Kansas aren’t happy to learn the public school district has bought eight semi-automatic rifles for its school resource officers.

The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/2sRjtXo) the rifles were bought in 2015, but that parents only recently learned of them.

Some parents, like Lisa Veglahn, were unnerved by the discovery. Veglahn says she questions the effectiveness of such high-powered weaponry in the face of an active shooter in the school.

Other parents, like Melissa Patt, say the nearly $6,000 purchase was excessive at a time when school budgets are tight.

But John Douglass, the district’s director of safety and security, and some other parents say a rising threat of active shooter situations in schools makes the high-powered guns necessary.


Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com.

Doug Clemens

June 12, 2017 at 7:50 am

Sorry but this school district went to far with this purchase. They should lose all funding until all personell involved are removed including any school board members as well.

Rande AndTracy Repp

June 12, 2017 at 9:32 am

Some people live in la-la land. The only effective deterrent to bad guys with guns is good guys with guns. I support the school and the police this decision !

Rich Seibert

June 12, 2017 at 9:49 am

Gun Free Zones are killing zones..
Mindless gun-free zones are what mass shootings have in common. They are killing zones, free from good guys with guns. That’s why the Aurora movie theater killer chose the more distant theater where guns were not allowed and thus where he wouldn’t have to worry about his plan being foiled.

Rich Seibert

June 12, 2017 at 9:50 am

“Saving Your Neighborhood Children Takes Five Minutes”

Dear school board member,
(Dear state legislator,)

I was lied to. We were promised that students would be safer once we made it illegal for honest adults to carry guns on, or near, a school campus. Well that promise sure didn’t work. The US Department of Justice reports that almost all the active shooter incidents took place in “gun-free” zones. A quarter of those incidents took place in our schools. That is unacceptable.

It is a nice letter, but it is meaningless without you. You can make it powerful. It takes one letter and a week, but you can change lives. Here is what you do with five minutes a day.
I offer you the words, but your actions make it politically powerful.
Go save lives.

https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/save-the-children-in-your-neighborhood-with-five-minutes-a-day/

Barry Hirsh

June 12, 2017 at 1:34 pm

The hand-wringing is ridiculous. School resource officers are sworn law enforcement. If an active shooter attacks a school, who do you think the police send? SWAT officers armed with fully automatic battle rifles.

This kind of knee-jerk reaction is a product of living in the land of the absurd.

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