Kids learn gun safety

by | August 10, 2018 5:00 pm

Last Updated: August 8, 2018 at 10:57 am

The Walterboro Police Department held its first Eddie Eagle Gun Safety program at the Colleton County Memorial Library last week. The free public service program is geared toward elementary children and what they need to do if they ever find a gun.
“There have been tragedies both locally and nationally involving children and guns this year and we wanted to look into a program that we could talk to children about gun safety,” said Cpl. Amye Stivender, who led the program.
Eddie Eagle is a program that is designed by the NRA. Eddie Eagle’s message to children is “If you find a gun: Stop. Don’t Touch, Run Away, And Tell A Grown Up.” The material and video for the program can be found online.
“We took the basic concepts of the program and expanded them to really talk with children about how to keep themselves safe and what to do if they find any type of weapon or item that may be harmful to them,” she said. “We had such a positive response from the public that we will be looking into offering additional classes in the future. We also had gun locks which had been donated and we handed those out to all the adults who attended.”

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