Headland Elementary Students Learn Gun Safety

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

First and fourth grade students in Headland are learning a valuable lesson when it comes to gun safety.

Most of the students live with guns in their homes.

Officials want to make sure they're educated on how to handle them.

The Headland Police Department has brought the National Rifle Association's "Eddie Eagle" gun safety program to Headland Elementary.

It's designed to teach children what to do if they see a gun lying around.

The message is pretty simple.

"If you see a gun, stop, don't touch, leave the area and tell an adult,” recites 1st grader Alora Starcener.

These first graders are catching on.

“With first grade any time you can put in a song or a rhyme, that's going to help it stick,” says 1st grade teacher Lora Whitehead.

But are 1st and 4th graders too young to learn about gun safety?

Lieutenant Dennis Cobb doesn't think so.

When he asked the kids how many of them liked to hunt an overwhelming majority raised their hands and Whitehead says she hears their hunting stories often.
"We saw a raccoon and granddaddy shot it but he missed it, then we saw a turkey and I shot it,” says 1st grader Christopher Enfinger.

“So many families who for recreational reason or whatever have a gun in the house and so many children love to play cowboys and indians. The guns are there, they need to know which ones are real, which ones are not. They need to know what to do,” says Whitehead.

Most of the kids already knew that bright colors and an orange tip usually let you know that a gun is a toy.

But they learned Wednesday that you can't always be sure.

“With the way guns and toys are made today the toy guns are made to look like the real ones, the real deal and it is so hard to tell them apart even in our line of duty there's times when we can't tell them apart,” says Lieutenant Dennis Cobb with Headland Police, “So many times innocent children are hurt everyday from weapons left lying around and they're not sure if they're toys or not. My main goal is to try and educate these kids."

A grant is paying for the supplies to teach the program.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office in Florida allowed them to borrow their Eddie Eagle costume to teach the kids.

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  • by Tawanna Location: Headland on Jan 27, 2011 at 09:48 AM
    I'm glad that it caught my son's attention he came home telling me about it and it is so funny bc he is dancing to the song on the news we both so it this morning before he got ready for school and he was like mama that's me lol thanks for capturing this
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