The Garland, Texas school district does a series on safety during which they teach car and bike safety, taking care of yourself around strangers, life jackets, and not to touch a gun. An angry mother has a problem with that last part.
Samone Howe of Garland brought home what appeared to be a typical coloring book; until her mom decided to page through it.
“Not only do I think it’s inappropriate to provide this information to my 5-year-old, but this is a program published by the NRA,” said Nicola Howe, Samone’s mother.
The coloring book includes illustrations of handguns and rifles.
“Having pictures of guns that children color in I think is sending the wrong message,” said Howe.
The book is called “Gun Safety with Eddie Eagle” and it’s published by the NRA, reports CBS station KTVT-TV in Dallas. It’s part of the Garland Independent School District’s Health and Safety Curriculum.
“If a student comes across a weapon, they’re supposed to stop, don’t touch the weapon and then run away and tell an adult. Those are the parts that are taught,” said Reavis Wortham with Garland I.S.D.
Howe is the first parent to complain in the 10 years the school has run the program. Apparently, the other parents are perfectly fine having gun safety taught through a program endorsed by the National Sheriffs’ Association and Association of American Educators, recognized by the National Safety Council, and cited as the best of more than 80 gun safety programs by the Journal of Emergency Nursing Online.
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