When the all new North Atlanta High School opens its doors Wednesday, students will have sparkling new facilities including an indoor rifle range.
The range was built for the school’s Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp and the rifle team.
Most parents told Channel 2’s Carl Willis they were confident the school would take steps to ensure that students are safe, but they said they want to know more.
“I’ll probably question it a little bit just to get a better idea,” said parent Donna Jones. “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.”
“I can see why they would be concerned but I know they go through lots of training and they’re heavily supervised,” said senior Turner Hume.
This isn’t the only on campus rifle range in Atlanta.
A school spokesperson said the facility at NAHS is modeled after one already in use at Grady High School.
According to Atlanta Public Schools, the program will have an instructor certified by
the U.S. Army Cadet Command and the Georgia High School Athletic Association.
They also said that while the term “rifle” is used, the range actually supports compressed-air powered pellet rifles.