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GFPD brings gun safety program to elementary schools

photo of HS all county band musiciansFebruary 2, 2016 — Officers from the Glens Falls Police Department – along with special guest Eddie Eagle – are bringing a message of gun safety to Kensington, Big Cross, and Jackson Heights elementary schools this winter.

The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program teaches children in pre-K through third grade four important steps to take if they find a gun.

These steps are presented by officers and the program's mascot, Eddie Eagle, in an easy-to-remember format consisting of the following simple rules:

photo of Eddie Eagle presentation

If you see a gun:

  • STOP!
  • Don't Touch.
  • Leave the Area.
  • Tell an Adult.

Officer Gerald Willette takes students through a video, and has volunteers come up and call out the four steps to take if they ever come across a gun. Eddie Eagle (Detective Lieutenant Pete Casertino) helps reinforce the message with some fancy footwork for “leave the area.”

Just as Smokey Bear teaches children not to play with lighters or matches, the GFPD is using Eddie Eagle to teach kids not to play with firearms, says the program’s description. The purpose of the program isn't to teach whether guns are good or bad, but rather to promote the protection and safety of children.

Begun in 1988, The Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program has reached more than 26 million children in all 50 states. This program was developed through the combined efforts of clinical psychologists, reading specialists, teachers, curriculum specialists, urban housing safety officials, and law enforcement personnel.