Parents contacted Channel 2 Action News with concerns after a local preschool took children on a trip to a gun range.
The school told Channel 2’s Carl Willis it was all part of a lesson.
Images of a first-grader and a second-grader handling firearms showed up on Facebook after the trip, which involved student from Holdheide Academy in Woodstock.
Willis contacted the school’s owner, Tammy Dorsten, who on Friday night defended the trip.
“This was a wonderful learning experience with a safety class before and after the guns were handled,” Dorsten said.
Dorsten told Willis the children have been learning about sharpshooter Annie Oakley and folk hero Davy Crockett.
Ah, everyone remembers their first trip to the gun range back when they were 5 years old. This is just a normal rite of passage for kids. I don’t really see a problem here. Why are parents complaining about this?
How can these kids learn about Annie Oakley and Davy Crockett unless they get to hold the guns that these heroes used themselves? A museum? Laugh out loud. This is what separates a real education from a shitty public school one.
I’m sure Steve Jobs went to a ton of gun ranges when he was a kid. Can’t teach a child about Hitler unless you bring them to Auschwitz and run the showers. All history lessons should be hands on. One child must be picked to be burned at the stake so they can learn about Joan of Arc. Round of applause to these teachers giving their students the brightest future.