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Texas Mother Outraged Over Eddie Eagle

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.

10 Responses to “Texas Mother Outraged Over Eddie Eagle”

  1. Dave says:

    Tell her to move back to California.

  2. DirtCrashr says:

    Tell her to move back to Illinois or Massachusetts. :-)

  3. thirdpower says:

    Hey, we have enough idiots like her in this state. We don’t need any more.

  4. Tom says:

    Explain to her, in monosyllabic words that the guns are merely used as a teaching aid for sex ed’s proper application of a condom.

    Then tell her to GTFO of my country!

  5. talgus says:

    Another (single?) mother who learned everything she knows about guns from TV/Hollywood. She seems to believe that her child has not seen images of guns and should not. Does not know that she is surrounded by CHL holders (and we will keep it that way.)

  6. Navy Vet from Jersey says:

    “Having pictures of guns that children color in I think is sending the wrong message,” said Howe.

    What “wrong message” would that be? That guns exist in this world, and that they can be very dangerous if they are misused?

    To get an idea of her overall mentality, I watched this news video of Nicola Howe explaining her objections to the Eddie Eagle program. Her biggest issues seemed to be over the NRA’s sponsorship and mere illustrations of guns within an educational coloring book for children, despite the program’s actual goals regarding child safety and gun accident prevention.

    Nicola Howe seems to believe that it is much better to not even bother telling our kids to get away from a gun and keep their hands off of it if they should ever find one, since this will just make kids just more curious in fooling around with them instead.

    According to this kind of logic, we should also stop telling our kids to keep their hands away from hot ovens and their fingers out of electric outlets, because if we do, they will just want to do these potentially harmful things even more than ever.

  7. penitentman says:

    Looking for her fifteen minutes.

  8. I guess she never took the time to “read” that colorful, illustrated book which states….”If you come upon a firearm…”STOP! Don’t Touch, Leave the Area, Tell an Adult.”

    Real bad advice…

    This program has been given to over 20 million children…its proven and more importently, it effective.

  9. I guess she never took the time to “read” that colorful, illustrated book which states….”If you come upon a firearm…”STOP! Don’t Touch, Leave the Area, Tell an Adult.”

    Real bad advice…

    This program has been given to over 20 million children…its proven and more importantly, it effective.

  10. In Texas, wouldn’t she be considered an unfit mother?

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