An elementary school and a preschool in Houston ISD have canceled gun-safety presentations for their young students because the National Rifle Association crafted the lessons.
A spokesman for the Houston Independent School District said Tuesday that the principals of Peck Elementary and the Martin Luther King Early Childhood Center did not know the NRA was behind the program.
“The principals made a decision they didn’t want to participate in an event that folks could perceive as them taking a position one way or another on the gun control debate or any other debate the NRA is involved in,” HISD spokesman Jason Spencer said.
The NRA sent out a news release announcing its safety presentations at the two schools, which were scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.
Nearly 3 million school children in Texas have heard the gun-safety presentation over the last 25 years. Program presentations often involve the “Eddie the Eagle” mascot in costume, delivering this message to kids who may come across guns: “Stop! Don’t touch. Leave the area. Tell an adult.”