September 6, 2014 12:33 pm -

Even as we reassess militarization of police, Texas public schools have gone military.

State records show 10 different school district police departments in Texas received military surplus equipment, including trucks, guns, and armor, through a Department of Defense program…

In all, the departments received 64 M16 rifles, 18 M14 rifles, 25 automatic pistols, and magazines capable of holding 4,500 rounds of ammunition as well armored plating, tactical vests, and 15 surplus military vehicles.

Under the program, school police departments received the equipment at little-to-no cost. But not everyone’s thrilled.

“We don’t necessarily believe that this kind of equipment leads to students feeling more secure and safe in schools,” said Brennan Griffin of Texas Appleseed.

The group has studied school police polices for years. Griffin calls news that military rifles have found new homes in Texas schools “concerning.”

“We’ve seen how even much less-lethal devices like tasers and pepper spray get used inappropriately and end up harming children,” he told the I-Team.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

19 responses to Texas Militarizes Public Schools

  1. NW10 September 6th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    And the right wing don’t want students to be able to have healthy meal choices. They’re also taking steps to prevent the new framework of the AP history exam, but at least your kids are going to be protected by a militarized police force which will include some teachers!

    • juicyfruityyy September 6th, 2014 at 2:20 pm

      From what we have seen around this country. The students should be worried of the cops shooting them! Not the invisible intruder.

  2. juicyfruityyy September 6th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

    I see this as not turning out well. What happened that we seemed to have lose our State and Federal Laws in Texas? I know that the citizens there can not be happy with what they see. This is NOT a 3rd world country.

    • Dwendt44 September 6th, 2014 at 1:45 pm

      I see that there is a new 150 round drum magazine available for the M16/AR-15. Strictly for hunting, of course.

      • rg9rts September 6th, 2014 at 2:03 pm


  3. mea_mark September 6th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

    Meanwhile students are failing … … We have serious priority problems here in Texas. Militarizing our schools seems to be more important now than the students passing.

    • edmeyer_able September 6th, 2014 at 1:58 pm

      As long as they can point and shoot finding their state capital on the map wont matter.

    • juicyfruityyy September 6th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

      For you GOOD folks of Texas. Decide what other state you would like to live in. Because I’m going to file Texas secession papers for them. The state is getting out of control, and no one seems to be able or willing to STOP them.

      • rg9rts September 6th, 2014 at 2:06 pm

        Give it back to Mexico

      • edmeyer_able September 6th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

        If only Enrique Peña Nieto followed Putin’s example and re-annexed Texas some of the county’s problems would be solved. After all how could Ted object when he holds the Russian dictator in such high esteem.

  4. rg9rts September 6th, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    Can’t wait for the first shootem up

    • juicyfruityyy September 6th, 2014 at 2:10 pm

      Since, Texas is an open carry state. And since the schools have employed armed teachers/cops. I guess that means that the students can come armed.. I hope one of the teachers don’t tell a student to do his home-work. Just might be the catalyst to start a shoot-out.

      • rg9rts September 6th, 2014 at 2:11 pm

        Flunking remedial reading really PO’s the cops

        • tiredoftea September 6th, 2014 at 3:04 pm

          It’s how they became cops.

          • rg9rts September 6th, 2014 at 3:18 pm

            Yup Yup Yup

  5. crc3 September 6th, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    This is the epitome of INSANITY!

  6. fancypants September 6th, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    Under the program, school police departments received the equipment at little-to-no cost. But not everyone’s thrilled
    except if your congress

  7. Deborah September 6th, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    I wonder if the New Apostolic Reformation (Dominionists) has anything to do with this militarization of the police all over America?

  8. whatthe46 September 7th, 2014 at 2:08 am

    THE BAD GUYS ARE….? people have seriously lost their minds. no ______. i’m