Greene, Iowa – Firearm safety is being added to the curriculum in the North Butler and Clarksville Community School Districts. Starting in the spring, a mandatory hunter safety course taught by Butler County Conservation will be implemented into the 7th and 8th grade P-E curriculum. A voluntary, closed class will be added for those in grades 9-12 who want to participate.
Superintendent Joel Foster says the course was developed to keep the safety of students and staff the top priority.
Foster says he knows not every student will go hunting, nor does he expect them to as a result of the training. The hope is to expose all students to firearm safety, whether it’s for hunting or for life situations down the road.
Parents who oppose having their child participate can sign a form opting them out of the class. No operable firearms or live ammunition will be present during the course.
According to the Center for Injury and Research Prevention, the majority (89%) of unintentional shooting deaths occur in the home. Most of these deaths occur when children are playing with a loaded gun in their parent’s absence.