SAN ANGELO, TX - "We think a lot of these kids are getting this at home, but you look around now and not everybody gets that. We kind of take it for granted that these kids have this education now,” Amy Coats said.
Amy Coats is part of the regional advisory Council, or the folks who brought "shattered dreams" to the Concho Valley.
"So we want them to feel comfortable knowing what to do,” Coats said.
Now, the group is starting up a program to help educate kids on gun safety that's extremely interactive. It's not necessarily teaching kids to be afraid of guns, instead how to react when they see one and avoid a potentially dangerous situation.
"What if a friend wants to show you a gun?” Senora Scott asked.
“Say no, stop, turn around and tell an adult,” second grader Stockton Felts said.
And it seems to be working. The kids are taught about a variety of scenarios.
"They walk into a room and there's a gun, or a friend wants to show them a gun, or they're reaching under the bed for something else and there's a shotgun or a gun, and all of the sudden, whoa! We've got to stop, we're going to turn around, and we're going to tell an adult,” Sgt. Justin Baker with DPS said.
"Are you a tattle tell?” Scott asked.
“No,” second grader Carson Hunter said.
“What does that make you if you tell?” Scott asked.
“A hero,” Hunter said.
This way of thinking goes along with a DPS motto, “See something, say something.” Sgt. Justin Baker says by creating awareness of that motto now, these kids could help spot suspicious behavior later.
"This is information that can save lives and with the information they have, one day they can go out there and be a hero themselves,” Sgt. Baker said.
Even if their parents don't have guns in the house this info can still be helpful.
"And that family thinks their child is safe because they're not exposed but they might be at somebody else's home,” Coats said.
To learn more about this program or book speakers to come to your school email Sgt. Baker at Justin.Baker@dps.texas.gov
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