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Gun safety program taught to elementary school students

4:45 PM, Feb 21, 2012   |    comments
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When two young children in Colorado were accidently killed by guns in the last three months, Lee decided to take his idea of a gun safety program to his children's school, Academy Charter School in Castle Rock.

The idea was embraced by the school's administration.

Lee worked with an existing program called Eddie Eagle, which was developed by the National Rifle Association. The program has been taught for several years by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. Lee was able to arrange for two sheriff's officers to come to Academy Charter School and teach the gun safety program for about 300 kindergarten through fourth grade students.

Parents of students at the school were asked if they wanted their child to participate in the program. A handful of parents chose to not have their children participate.

The program does not take a position on gun ownership. It simply teaches children what they should do if they come in contact with a gun.

The program utilizes a simple slogan for children to remember when they come in contact with a firearm: "Stop, don't touch, leave the area and tell an adult."

"It is very simple and I think they mirrored it after, everybody knows 'stop, drop and roll,' and I don't know when I learned it but everybody has," Dep. Kimble Gingrich of the El Paso County Sheriff's Office said.

The hope is that simple slogan will stick with children so they remember what to do if they encounter a firearm.

"They're here to stay, so even if your children don't know about them, they could easily be exposed in any and every situation. You just never know and even if the percentage is low. I'd rather have them know what to do if they are exposed," Gingrich said.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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