Our whole sense of ...anything, common or otherwise, is so foggy that I am loosing my own sense of normality. Since my book reviews have a whole little category called "realism" this of personal importance.
I have read some pretty out there apocalyptic novels, and bits and pieces of some even more extreme militia-style novels which can get really out there in their depiction of a hostile homeland government.
But I don't recall any of them ever thinking to include school authorities within the militarized forces going after people.
The Guardian (U.K.), 18 September 3014 (hat tip: NC)
School police departments across the US have taken advantage of free military surplus gear, stocking up on mine-resistant armoured vehicles, grenade launchers and scores of M16 rifles.
At least 26 school districts have participated in the Pentagon’s surplus program, which is not new but has come under scrutiny after police responded to protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, with teargas, armour-clad military trucks and riot gear...
The Los Angeles unified school district, the nation’s second-largest at 710 square miles with more than 900,000 students enrolled, said it would remove three grenade launchers it had acquired because they “are not essential life-saving items within the scope, duties and mission” of the district’s police force.
But the district would keep the 60 M16s and a military vehicle known as an MRAP used in Iraq and Afghanistan that was built to withstand mine blasts.
Obviously the Los Angeles School police have managed to expand their bureaucratic reach by deploying some sort of SWAT team. The problem is (and look at the ATF for this) once you have the bureaucracy in place, it likes to find a mission for itself to justify more expansion.