By Portia Williams
LEWIS COUNTY, Ky. — The Lewis County Sheriff’s Johnny Bivens’ Office, along with Eddie Eagle, made a visit to Lewis County High School on Tuesday for the annual Back to School event. According the Sheriff’s Office, Bivens and his staff are on a mission to help teach Pre-K through 3rd graders what to do if they encounter a firearm.
Deputy Gary Sparks of the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office, said The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program is a gun accident prevention program that seeks to help parents, law enforcement, community groups and educators navigate a topic paramount to our children’s safety.
“The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office held a back to school give-away, where we gave out about 350 supplies of back packs, and folders, and notebooks, pencils,” Sparks said. “We had Eddie the Eagle from the GunSafe Program there. This is a program that we are still developing, which will teach kids about how to safely use and to be around a fire arm. It is a program that we still working on, so it is not in full swing yet.”
Sparks was insistent that the purpose of The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program is for safety, and not teaching young children to shoot guns.
“We are not trying to teach young kids to shoot guns,” he said. “We want to teach them to know to leave a gun alone if they find a gun, and not to try to use a gun if one should be in their mom and dad’s dresser drawer,” he said. “However, for the older kids, we will show them how to properly use weapons, and to avoid being harmed if they should use a firearm. I am not sure about how much we will be doing with this, this year but hopefully we will get to do these things next year.”
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