By Shepard Ambellas | Intellihub.com
Over 20 schools have already been bribed with such weaponry and gear, reports say
As if the American police state isn’t big enough already, schools have been delivered loads of grenade launchers, M-16 rifles, armored vehicles and other military equipment under a Department of Defense “1033” program which was instated back in 1997, aimed at arming educational centers in case of future unrest.
Shockingly, over 20 schools in the U.S. have taken in this type military equipment. However, although the equipment is considered a “loan” from the U.S. Government, some now speculate that other schools and educational centers will soon follow lockstep, taking full advantage of the government backed program. However, parents and others don’t necessarily see the stockpiling of weapons and armory to be the answer.
[…] education and civil rights advocates contend that “adding the presence of military-grade weapons to school climates that have become increasingly hostile due to their overreliance on police to handle routine student discipline can only exacerbate existing tensions, intensifying overly punitive atmospheres that criminalize and stigmatize students of color,” the letter reads.
Florida’s Pinellas County School District, for example, received almost two dozen M16 rifles, while San Diego and Los Angeles schools took in armored vehicles capable of withstanding mine explosions, according to the news site.
“Our hope is that our officers never have a need to use this equipment,” Pinellas schools public information officer Melanie Marquez Parra told the news site. “These are items we acquired so they could have equipment for worst-case scenario situations.”
San Diego Unified School District Police Chief Ruben Littlejohn told NPR the district’s mine-resistant vehicle will be used exclusively as a rescue vehicle, and that officials planned to fill it with teddy bears and trauma kits.
It’s not a militarization of public schools, he said.
“There will be medical supplies in the vehicle. There will be teddy bears in the vehicle,” he said. “There will be trauma kits in the vehicle in the event any student is injured, and our officers are trained to give first aid and CPR.”
Now some like myself question if America is really America anymore. I mean, since when did we need military grade weaponry in classrooms and on school grounds? And more importantly — who has access to the equipment?
About the author:
Shepard Ambellas is the founder and editor-in-chief of Intellihub News and the maker of SHADE the Motion Picture. You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook. Shepard also appears on the Travel Channel series America Declassified.