SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CBS Las Vegas) – A  school district has issued school police AR-15 rifles in an effort to keep kids safe at school.

The Granite School District Police Department explained that all officers will carry the rifles, KSL-TV reported.

Some parents have mixed emotions about it.

“It’s kind of scary sending them off to school every morning,” parent Melissa Stevens said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”

Officials believe that the weapons will keep kids a lot safer in event of an emergency situation

“These weapons are not intended to provide intimidation for anybody but bad guys,” Granite School District spokesperson Ben Horsley explained.

The rifles are no different than a shotgun, Police Chief Randy Johnson said.

“This has a single projectile that is very accurate, and that’s why we issue them to our officers,” Johnson said.  “If we don’t get in and stop the shooter, more people are going to die.  It’s called rapid response.”

Another parent said she is fine with police carrying fire power that is equivalent or greater than a potential shooter.

“Typically if there is an emergency, they’re dealing with someone who has that type of equipment already,” parent Rebecca Alexander shared.

All schools within the district also had high-tech camera systems installed in them so that officials could monitor what’s occurring in each school from the dispatch center.

“We feel like we can provide a fairly robust response to an armed individual in our schools,” Johnson said.



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