Columbine High School
Compton Unified policy on rifles draws criticism but isn't unusual

At a quiet July school board meeting, Compton school police chief William Wu matter-of-factly explained that his officers would need AR-15 semiautomatic rifles to adequately protect students and staff from a heavily armed shooter if such a nightmare unfolded on a campus. With little fanfare or feedback from parents, the board unanimously approved the chief's request to allow the rifles on campus. Little more was said until days before school started when news of the policy sparked a torrent of criticism from parents who are worried about having high-powered guns on campus and say the policy would contribute to Compton's inaccurate reputation as a dangerous, gang-infested...