The 2012 Sandy Hook shooting, which left 26 people dead, prompted schools across America to step up security. The measures taken have included keeping more doors locked, holding more emergency drills and requesting an increase in police presence on school grounds.
One school district in Georgia is currently considering equipping its schools with assault rifles. The proposal, which came originally from Gainesville Police, would see each school in the district equipped with one Colt M4 carbine. The rifle would be stored in a safe at each school and only the school’s resource officer would have access to it. During times when the schools are closed, the weapons would be locked in the officers’ vehicles.
The plan has yet to be approved by school boards and, according to a report in the Gainesville Times, only Gainesville Middle School has voted so far; the school has chosen to support the measure.
In August, the McNair Discovery Learning Academy in DeKalb County was the scene of an active shooter scenario when 20-year-old Michael Brandon Hill entered the school armed with an AK-47. He quickly surrendered after a brief exchange of fire with a police SWAT team. No-one was killed or injured in the incident.