A North Carolina high school took an “old and quite dilapidated” greenhouse and turned it into something most schools haven’t seen in more than 50 years.
No, it’s not a fallout shelter, it’s a shooting range for the school’s JROTC chapter.
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The six-lane shooting range at Smithfield-Selma High School was paid for with the help of donations from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Shooting Sports Foundation. The JROTC cadets themselves completed around 75% of the work, according to Commander David Wegman.
He added that access to the range is restricted to cadets who pass a marksmanship and safety course and whose grades are up to a level of excellence.
“There’s a marksmanship safety test they have to take, and they have to get a 100 on it,” Commander David Wegman told media. “In addition to that, they have to sign a safety pledge, get permission from home and then finally demonstrate on the range that they know how to handle one of these air rifles safely.”
Wegman insisted that the shooting range doesn’t pose a threat, despite the controversy surrounding gun violence and school shootings.
“The procedures that we have in place ensure that we do the same thing, the same way, every single time,” he explained.
The range is a throwback to the days when almost every high school in America had a shooting range and basic firearms safety and marksmanship were standard curriculum.