Iowa School Districts Roll Out Mandatory Gun Training For Middle Schoolers

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The firearm safety courses will be included with students' physical education curriculum, according to The Hill.

Middle school students in two Iowa school districts will attend mandatory firearm safety classes beginning next year, The Hill reported on Saturday.

Students enrolled in both the 7th and 8th grade at schools in the North Butler and Clarksville districts will be required to take part in a mandatory hunter safety course taught by the Butler County Conservation Board, Radio Iowa reported on Thursday.

The course will reportedly be implemented into the students’ PE curriculum.

Interested high school students will have the option to attend a voluntary class.

North Butler Superintendent Joel Foster told the local outlet that the classes are geared towards teaching students how to “use weapons responsibly, how to respect them, understand it’s not a video game and those sort of things, that maybe we’ll cut down on our chances of having a severe incident."

The classes will also serve to instruct students on how to handle real-life situations they might not expect, Foster said, giving an example using his daughter:

"If my 12-year-old girl is out babysitting a 3-year-old and the 3-year-old walks out of mom and dad’s bedroom with a handgun or a shotgun, she needs to know how to handle that," Foster said.

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wrtoth
wrtoth

This country has gone bonkers!

IowaBrian
IowaBrian

On May 13, 2018 Kain Schild, a 15 year old Calrksville High School student, was killed in a gun accident while hunting with friends. The grieving family made a request for more gun safety classes be made available. This action is in response to that death. It is unrelated to any concern about gun violence in the schools.

poke salad
poke salad

Great... statewide plan, don't dumb these kids down build their confidence and responsibility of handling a weapon. WHOORAH IOWA!!

drballance
drballance

I grew up in a time when the NRA was still a gun safety group and not the gun manufacturers lobby. We had gun training in our gym class provided by the NRA. It was good training. We used shotguns and shot at clay pigeons. It was no big deal.

I grew up in TN. In a place where most households had guns. Probably a lot like Iowa and small towns there.

UrbaneGorilla
UrbaneGorilla

Sounds like they're training the next generation of whacked out school shooters... Unless of course they intend to arm 7th and 8th graders while at school. The mond boggles.