It has been reported that T.I.S.D. was among 10 Texas School Districts that received 12 surplus Military Grade M-16 Rifles.

According to a post at TXK Today, Texarkana Independent School District received 12 M-16 Rifles in July of 2013. In their post TISD Director of Public Relations stated,

Texarkana I.S.D. Police Department applied for and received 12 M-16 rifles at no cost on July 10, 2013. At that time, we were looking to purchase AR-15 rifles at an estimated cost of $18,000 – $25,000. In receiving these M-16’s through the program, it saved our school district money and allowed us to convert these firearms to semi-automatic which is what our department is trained on.”

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