San Diego Unified to return armored vehicle
SAN DIEGO –The San Diego Unified School District announced Thursday it is returning an armored personnel vehicle it acquired through a department of defense excess property program.
“Some members of our community are not comfortable with the district having this vehicle,” said Superintendent Cindy Marten in a news release.
“’If any part of our community is not comfortable with it, we cannot be comfortable with it.”
“The safety and security of our students and schools is a top priority and we need to balance this priority with what the community`s perceptions are on how we best serve and protect. This provides us an important opportunity to have a greater dialogue with our community about what is really a common goal – providing our students a world-class education and the academic, social and physical environments they deserve,” Marten added.
“’The need for dialogue regarding student and school safety is an ongoing one, which should invite and welcome the voices of students, staff, parents, community members, law enforcement and others so we achieve that common goal together.’
The vehicle, a “mine- resistant ambush protected vehicle,” or “MRAP,” was intended for use by the school district police as a rescue vehicle to be used in the event of an active shooter situation or other emergency.
Critics complained it looked too much like a war machine.