Armed police now tolerated, even welcomed on school campuses, Los Angeles


By Doug Smith, Duke Helfand and Martha Groves, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Times
March 24, 2001

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Amid the blackboards and the basketball hoops at Granite Hills High School and neighboring Santana High students see the same incongruous sight: cops with guns.

The two suburban San Diego County campuses are the rule, not the exception. Schools nationwide are arming themselves to protect against their own. Parents and students who once would have winced at the notion are now willing--even eager--to welcome well-armed officers on campus.

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