Texas Militarizes Public Schools
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.