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Archive for Sunday, December 9, 2001

Instructors leave guns at school

December 9, 2001

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— The state has taught thousands of Missourians how to hunt safely in the past 44 years and will teach thousands more in the future.

But in the Tarkio district in far northwest Missouri, the training won't take place any more in elementary or secondary classrooms not after volunteers for the Missouri Conservation Department's Hunter Education Class left two handguns behind last month.

A student at Tarkio Elementary School recently found the two weapons a black powder revolver and a .22-caliber pistol inside a desk in a storage area where his father was working after school hours. The youngster reported his discovery to a teacher.

"When we figured out where they came from, I was relieved," Mendon said. "We still didn't know how they got there or why they were left behind."

The school board did not need all the answers. At a special meeting last week the board voted unanimously to prohibit the hunter education courses from being conducted in the district's elementary or secondary school buildings.

"I think the board took appropriate action," Mendon said. "They made the decision in the interest of safety. And now this particular event can't happen again."

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