Gun licences for kindy kids

Part of me thinks this is pathetic, and the other part of me thinks the teachers have done the right thing and not simply banning it outright. We did something similar with our kids who have always had access to toy guns…it was drilled into them early that you never point a gun at another person.

On balance I think think they have done the right thing…of course noe some wowser group will mount a campaign against the kindy

At Stratford’s Avon Kindergarten kids can pick up a “gun” and shoot a possum any time they want – if they have a licence.

Head teacher Lynsi Latham-Saunders has introduced the gun-use policy after some of the 3- to 5-year-olds began using sticks as guns and pointing them at each other. 

“They were using guns for what they see guns used for on cartoons and television. Children weren’t too keen on guns being pushed in their faces,” she said.

Now, if any of the kindergarten’s 73 pupils want to play with “guns” they must first attain a licence. Getting one is as simple as knowing they must never point their gun at a person, point it at the ground when walking around with it and can shoot only at targets and only once they have clearly identified what it is.

Some of those targets are pictures of possums, pigs and deer taped to trees and fences around the kindergarten.

Latham-Saunders said the licence was part of a wider lesson on how to treat people properly.


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