The San Diego Unified School District has been given an MRAP from the U.S. Department of Defense. According to NPR, the six-wheel Caiman MRAP is worth a whopping $733,000, but the district only had to pay $5,000 to transport it.
The school district received the mine-resistant ambush protected vehicle through the DoD’s Excess Property Program or 1033 Program. The program has been giving unneeded military equipment to a variety of civilian and government agencies in the U.S. Most notably, 1033 supplied the vehicles seen and used throughout the demonstrations that took place in Ferguson, MO earlier this summer.
School board members and parents alike were disconcerted by the developments, but the school district’s Police Chief Ruben Littlejohn assured people that it was no big deal. “There will be medical supplies in the vehicle. There will be teddy bears in the vehicle,” Littlejohn said. “There will be trauma kits in the vehicle in the event any student is injured, and our officers are trained to give first aid and CPR.
Additonally, Police Captain Joe Florentino claims to understand opposition to the new Camain vehicle, but says it is necessary in the event of a school shooting, fire or earthquake.
This event follows news out of Davis, California, where the city council has ordered the police chief to dispose of an MRAP vehicle.