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Controversial safety program has guns in Fontana schools

Published On: Jan 23 2013 10:30:35 AM CST
Updated On: Jan 23 2013 11:19:42 AM CST
FONTANA, Calif. -

High-powered semiautomatic rifles are being stored at Fontana school campuses under a controversial safety program.
  School district police purchased 14 of the Colt 6940 rifles last fall, well before the Connecticut school massacre.
  The $1,000 rifles were received last month and are stored in locked safes on campuses.
  Superintendent Cali Olsen-Binks says they're only to be used if there's an attack on a campus.
  Fontana city Police Chief Rodney Jones tells KCBS-TV that the high-powered weapons are the best message to send to anybody thinking about harming children.
  But critics say such guns have no place on campuses and the $14,000 should have been used to restore counseling programs that were eliminated in budget cuts.