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Two Iowa school districts bringing hunter safety course to curriculum

Two eastern Iowa school district are bringing hunting safety to the classroom.

Starting in the Spring, both North Butler and the Clarksville Community School District will make hunter safety a part of the P.E. Curriculum.

There will be no active weapons or actual shooting of guns during this course. And if a parent does not want their child to participate, they can sign a form to have them opt out.

Superintendent Joel Foster says the Butler County Conservation Officer is going to be teaching these hunting safety courses.

He says, “We’re hoping it brings to light that handguns are real. Also, how to deal with them, so we don’t have a tragic accident. Some of what they’ll learn in the course is controlling and managing your weapon, making sure it’s unlocked, and just basic safety practices you need to follow.”

He adds, even if students aren’t interested in hunting, he wants them to be prepared for unexpected situations.

“For instance if you have a 13 or 14 year old girl who may be baby sitting somewhere where the guns aren’t locked up in the house. And one of the little ones comes out with one, they’ll have an idea of how to handle one and how to put it away safely.”

The course will be required for 7th and 8th graders at North Butler, and it will be required for 8th graders at Clarksville. There will also be an optional evening course for other students.

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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