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SDUSD moves to acquire controversial armored vehicle

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) – The San Diego Unified School District is making a controversial move toward acquiring a retired armored vehicle for campus emergencies. The military hand-me-down could be allocated to the school as part of a federal program.

Board trustee Scott Barnett says paying to customize the military vehicle – worth about $700,000 -- is a serious issue. He says the district has 10 worn-out police cruisers that need proper maintenance to help protect students. Each cruiser has more than 130,000 miles on them.

Barnett provided an alternative. He proposed leasing the armored vehicle to another police agency, which could generate $60,000 a year.

"We're a school district and we're about education. Yes we have to keep them safe. This armored vehicle is misguided and not what the district wants to put out there," Barnett said.

San Diego Unified School District Police say the armored vehicle would provide better safety for students, compared to their police cruisers. Officers mentioned the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, where officers were not prepared for the overwhelming firepower.

It's a growing debate with many different opinions. However, the armored vehicle has not been acquired yet.

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