School police will be armed with semi-automatic weapons in the gang-ridden Los Angeles suburb of Compton.
Officers say they need AR-15 assault weapons to prevent a massacre. Some recent school shooters have used rifles with high capacity magazines and worn body armor.
William Wu, Compton police chief, told the school board that rifles are more accurate than handguns and could “save lives.”
Some students and parents “expressed concern” over the militarization of the campus police force, reports the Telegraph.