Georgia school district considers arming officers with semi-automatic rifles

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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

School officials in Gainesville will meet Monday to discuss arming their school resource officers with semi-automatic assault rifles.

After school shootings like the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. and a recent security threat at McNair Elementary School in DeKalb County, some parents tell FOX 5 they're concerned about just how safe their schools really are. That's why some school officials in Gainesville want to arm their school resource officers with assault rifles, in addition to the sidearms they currently carry.

Officials say the rifles would be stored in a safe for emergencies only.

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