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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Paul Grajnert
Paul Grajnert

The Kremlin is elated. Money well invested in the NRA. All these people are now thousands of times more likely to be killed by a weapon of mass murder. Not only hurting themselves but disrupting our society as a whole.

MLee
MLee

When the cops arrive and the armed student is mistaken for the shooter, what do you think will happen?

RealFreeSpeech
RealFreeSpeech

The guns are blue! WHERE ARE YOUR PARENTS!!!

Scooter8500
Scooter8500

For one it's a hunter safety class. And the parents can opt their kids out. It's also small town Iowa where gun ownership is very high so most household have one

RCDrury
RCDrury

Lol!

rumrot
rumrot

We shot 22s in the schools in late 60s, If it comes back will need to ban children from the Democrat families they prefer non-Americans over Americans.

Jei
Jei

Hmmmm 🤔 Teach even MORE kids how to use firearms... what could possibly go wrong???

Donaldq
Donaldq

they'll need it to defend themselves against law enforcement

ruthem
ruthem

Believe it or not, most Americans do not own a gun, do not want to, and do not want their children thinking our gun culture is "normal."

Freedomordeath
Freedomordeath

Actually more people own guns than do not own guns.they just don't talk about them . And I started shooting with my.dad at eight years old. Guns dont kill people people kill people . And the oly.reasons these mass shootings happens is bc there in gun free zones and they know they don't have to.worry about being shot back at. There wouldn't be mass shootings if everyone had a firearm bc no one is going to go into a place.shoot.it up or.rob it knowing there are guns there that's common sense . If you disagree your one ignoant person

Retnavhmc
Retnavhmc

Wait a minute... "Mandatory" in the headline & first paragraph... Followed by "interested & voluntary" paragraph later. Which is it McFly?!

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.

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.

poke salad
poke salad

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

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.

wrtoth
wrtoth

This country has gone bonkers!

katiewebber
katiewebber

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