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LA Schools Return Grenade Launchers, But Keep Armored Vehicle

Forget police militarization. Can we talk about our schools for a minute?
LA Schools Return Grenade Launchers, But Keep Armored Vehicle

It's not every day that the Los Angeles Unified School District agrees to surrender their three rightfully owned grenade launchers, but they have decided to do just that in the interests of community peace of mind. I know I feel better knowing they're not going to be lobbing grenades into the San Fernando Valley from downtown, don't you?

LA Times:

Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools.

The Los Angeles School Police Department, which serves the nation's second-largest school system, will return three grenade launchers but intends to keep 61 rifles and a Mine Resistant Ambush Protected armored vehicle it received through the program.

Excuse me, but WTF does a K-12 school district need with grenade launchers? Nothing, that's what. So they're giving them back. I feel so much better now.

On the other hand, they do intend to cling to their M-16s and their mine-resistant 20 foot long armored transport vehicle. Because there are so many land mines in Los Angeles. You just never know, right?

Still more insanity: Compton School District is going to spend money for AR-15s for their security officers. Or, at least they are if they're not stopped by angry parents and the NAACP. Compton is an African-American community, and parents are rightly concerned about weapons of mass death in the hands of those who might be inclined to actually use them.

Can nukes be far behind?


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