A while back we talked about a crazed Irish boy who gunned down his entire class with his deadly finger gun – We now learn that he may have acted in self defense, and possibly had a CCW for that finger gun of his.
The following story is pimp:
Some Kiwi kids already have their gun licenses.
Four-year-old preschooler Lucy Coup has earned hers and hangs her laminated license around her neck when she plays with her toy gun â€“ but she knows the rules.
â€œWe donâ€™t shoot people, because it might hurt them,â€ Lucy tells The Dominion Post.
While many may think it would be prudent to ban gun play, some early childhood centers around the country are adopting a policy that sees the children earn a â€˜gun licenseâ€™ once they learn the dangers.
The licenses were introduced at Te Atatu Village kindergarten last months after a group of boys pretended to shoot all the other children with their finger.
Teacher Louise Samuels says teachers decided to contain the gun play, making sure the youngsters understood the implications of gun use.
“What I noticed in my other workplace, when we banned it, was that the children would hide and shoot you â€“ they get sneaky about it. The play would turn quite negative,â€ she tells The Dominion Post.
“We teach them you don’t leave [guns] lying on the floor, you don’t shoot people, you make sure you ask to borrow someone else’s gun.”
The guns are made by the children out of cardboard or paper and must be stored in a gun rack between play sessions.
Central North Island Kindergarten Association general manager Jan Ballantyne says adding negative connotation to guns sent mixed messages to children whose parents were hunters, farmers or soldiers.
“For us to be making value judgments like that is quite wrong, but children need to know that there are rules. It’s important for children to know, yes, there are guns, they can kill, and there are rules around that.”
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