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On-Campus Shooting Range Issue To Be Revisited

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Aired 4/19/09

A group of San Diego teenagers is hopeful their efforts to dismantle San Diego Unified's Junior ROTC rifle program will be successful this year. KPBS Reporter Ana Tintocalis has more.

Last year, Lincoln and Mission Bay high school students protested shooting ranges on their campuses. The ranges are for the district's JROTC air-rifle marksmanship program.
 

The Lincoln and Mission Bay shooting ranges are now built, but the students still want the program to end. They say it sends the wrong message and goes against the district's zero-tolerance policy on weapons.
 

Now new school trustee John Evans wants to end the program as well.
 

That pleases Lincoln High senior Jonathon Flores who says his South San Diego community is still reeling from a number of deadly gang shootings.     
 

Flores: Guns are guns. And guns brings violence to the community. And the community is tired of it. And I'm tired of it and I really don't want to see guns in the community or in our schools.
 

And Flores believes that message might sway the newly-elected school board majority this year.
 

Ana Tintocalis, KPBS News.

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