School Takes 1st & 2nd Graders to Gun Range

A school skipped the traditional petting zoo idea and took their class somewhere completely different.

A Georgia elementary is taking some flak after it took children on a field trip to a gun range. The private Holheide Academy in Woodstock is defending the move, arguing that the trip was educational in light of state-mandated curriculum about people like Annie Oakley and Davey Crockett who saw guns as a part of everyday life.

The first and second grade students who went had permission slips signed by parents and took a firearms safety course. The kids didn't actually shoot any weapons, but they were photographed with the guns in hand.

Gun range owner Sean Jerguson defended the visit, “When you say field trip, I don't know what that means. We've had a number of youth programs here. I wouldn't know how to define a field trip. We have a number of private and home-school groups come into the store.”

The Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning said it did get some complaints and is investigating.

Source: WSB TV

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