Two Texas schools reportedly canceled gun safety programs this week because they were connected to the National Rifle Association.
Houston’s KTRH radio reported that Peck Elementary and Martin Luther King Jr. Early Childhood Education Center were set to host the NRA’s “Eddie Eagle GunSafe Program” on Tuesday. Hours after the radio report aired, the two visits were axed.
A Houston Independent School District spokesman did not immediately return a request for comment from TheBlaze on Wednesday, but told KTRH the program was canceled because they didn’t know Eddie Eagle was part of the NRA. Eddie Eagle is meant to teach pre-K through third-graders to leave the area and tell an adult if they find a gun.
The cancellation came after Peck principal Carlotta Brown told KTRH on Tuesday they were “elated to have a gun safety program in our school” and said she wasn’t getting any push back for bringing the program in.
“It is very necessary so our children know playing with guns is to be something serious,” she said. “We have to make sure all of our children are safe, all of our adults are safe, and it starts in elementary school.”
A representative from Peck Elementary could not be reached for comment; Martin Luther King Jr. Early Childhood Education Center directed questions back to the school district.
Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officers’ Union, told KTRH he believes Brown knew from the start that Eddie Eagle was part of the NRA and that “somebody got in touch with her” after the station’s report because of an anti-NRA bias.
“If this program was being sponsored by HPD or the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, there would be a line of people waiting for us to come teach it to them,” Hunt said.