One high school in Atlanta, Georgia, is drawing fire from critics for drawing fire on campus.
The North Atlanta High School opened earlier today complete with an indoor firing range for the school's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp and the rifle team.
Parents, however, are confident in the school’s security precautions and express no concern.
"I'll probably question it a little bit just to get a better idea," says parent Donna Jones. "Like I said, I didn't understand why they're going to be doing that but I think they're going to be very careful in protecting the students."
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Students are also confident in their safety. According to high school senior, Turner Hume, "I can see why they would be concerned but I know they go through lots of training and they're heavily supervised.”
The instructor for the range is certified by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Georgia High School Athletic Association. The range will take 30 days to certify before it can be used.
This range comes as many states consider legislation that allows teachers and employees of the school district to qualify for the possession of a firearm on school premises. These efforts indicate a campaign to promote the careful supervision and training of firearm use as a way to combat school violence. The Junior ROTC program in Atlanta provides a safe way for high school students to learn about defense, safety, and practice their aim.
This is not the first on-campus rifle range in Georgia and, in all likelihood, it won’t be the last.