The North Atlanta High School opens this week to students, sporting an array of brand new amenities that include an indoor rifle range, reported WSB-TV.
The range was built for the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) and also their rifle team.
The potentially controversial rifle range was generally well-accepted by most parents, who conveyed confidence in the school’s ability to maintain safety. All the same, these same parents are stuck wanting to know about this unusual school addition.
Parent Donna Jones said, “I’ll probably question it a little bit just to get a better idea. 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.”
Senior Turner Hume said, “I can see why they would be concerned, but I know they go through lots of training and they’re heavily supervised.”
Atlanta Public School said the North Atlanta High’s instructor will be certified by the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Georgia High School Athletic Association.
They also stated the school has taken steps to equip shooters with the latest safety gear, noting that the range supports only compressed-air powered pellet rifles (for more on this type of shooting, click here).
School officials said the site is expected to be safety certified and open to the students within the next 30 days, at which point they can happily plink to their heart’s content.