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Flowing Wells parents asked to sign weapons contract

The parents of junior high and high school students in the Flowing Wells Unified School District in Tucson are being asked to sign a contract agreeing to teach their children to settle arguments without violence. The “Student/Parent/Principal Contract For Eliminating Guns and Weapons at School” was sent as part of the district’s registration packet for the 2013-2014 school year.

Under the contract, parents must agree to teach “…including by personal example, my teenager about the dangers and consequences of the misuse of guns and weapons and I will keep any guns and all weapons under lock and away from school grounds and away from my children.”

According to the district, two parents have expressed concern with the contract. One father requested that the contract be returned to him after he had given his consent more thought. District officials say there will be no consequences for refusing to sign the contract.

District officials confirmed that the students at Flowing Wells Junior High, Flowing Wells High School, and Sentinel Peak High School received the packet at registration. The district has long been known for its agrarian population, but over the years, the cities of Tucson and Marana have encroached upon it. Still, this year, Flowing Wells High School’s FFA club took first place at the Agriscience Fair at the state convention.

The district said that it was never their intention to govern behavior at home. The district’s superintendent, Dr. David Baker, said he has a great deal of confidence in the district’s parents and regrets that any of them might take the contract’s wording the wrong way. He said that the contract was written years ago, and although officials do review the registration materials, the contract slipped through the review process.

It is believed the contract was developed under the leadership of the district’s former superintendent John Pedicone. Pedicone left Flowing Wells as the district’s shortest serving superintendent. Years later, he took over the reins at the Tucson Unified School District where he led the district in the fight to preserve it’s resegregating Mexican American Studies classes. Those classes were found to violate Arizona law for promoting resentment against whites and in Hispanic students.

“It is important that people understand the district in context,” said Baker. “We have great parents and kids.” Baker said that he has no reason to believe that the district’s parents need to be taught how to raise their children.

The district has not had an issue of guns on campus or gun violence according to one staff member who has been with the district for ten years.

Baker pointed out that over 200 kids expressed an interest in Junior ROTC, and 150 of them are now members. He also noted that the district has a junior rifle team.

Officials say that they talked to the father who had misgivings and believe that the matter was resolved to his satisfaction; however, the district’s superintendent will review the form with staff and see what changes and clarifications should be made to avoid confusion in the future.

The contract’s requirement that their weapons must be “under lock” raised concerns with many Southern Arizona residents. In Arizona, which has an Open Carry Law, it is generally not considered ill-advised or unusual, especially in the rural areas, to carry a weapon on your person. The provision in the contract which requires that parents keep their weapons, including shot guns and hunting rifles away from their teenagers, is of concern for many.

The group, Gun Owners of Arizona, is asking the parents in the district to let them know “if your child’s school asked you to sign a document with a ‘Lock Up Your Safety’ provision or any other anti-RKBA provision.”

One friend of the group posted on Facebook, “Wow….parents need to tell them to shove that paper where the sun doesn’t shine! Who are they to ask this of parents? Stick to reading , writing, and arithmetic……that’s what they’re paid to teach. If they want to teach gun safety…then they should start a gun club like some schools did in the past!”

Although the policies are not included on the contract, the contract requires parents to “support the school’s policies to eliminate the misuse of guns and weapons on school grounds and work with the school in developing programs to prevent violence.”

Perhaps the most disturbing provision in the contract for Tucsonans is the requirement that parents must “carry out my responsibility to teach my children how to settle arguments without resorting to violence and to encourage him/her to use those ideas when necessary, and to follow school guidelines for reporting guns and weapons they see on campus to an appropriate adult.”

The district does not specify the ideas the parents must utilize. Baker said that the idea they hoped the parents would discuss is the concept that guns do not belong on campus.

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Comments

  1. NYET no contract for you – let the schools stick to teaching – let the parents parent.

    taking this a bit further, lock up the soda and whiskey, keep the knifes dull, no razors available anywhere, lock up all medications in the home for mom (just kidding)… they state there is no problem, then why are they fixing what is not broken.

  2. SilverTones says:

    A gun safety course would be helpful for both parents and kids just as driving safety courses are a good thing. Parents should be evaluating gun safety aspects and performing a risk evaluation for their own home conditions including considering the age of children living at home, mental/emotional stability and maturity of the teens in the home, how easy it is to break into the home, etc.

    Why does this have to be done under a contract signed with the school? The parents may be relying on a concealed but accessible handgun in the home for their own defense in the event of a break-in. These decisions are ultimately the parents’ decisions, not the school’s. What are the consequences if the child does “carry another person’s gun or weapon?”

  3. 20 years ago TUSD had teachers asking fourth graders if their parents drank too much alcohol. What type and how often. The mealy mouthed liberals have corrupted education and tried to turn it into their own personal social control utopia. Close them down. Competitors will fill the void and return to teaching reading, writing and ENGLISH. You can only steal the country if the majority of people are so stupid that they don’t recognize what is happening.

    We are close to that.

  4. If this is such a concern, get with the NRA Eddie Eagle project (free materials) and conduct a session at one of the more time wasting assemblies that most schools have! Also, they can have a showing at the PTA or even better one of the school Open Houses that again generally are a waste of time since the teachers cant/wont talk with parents due to time constraints.

    There are so many things the schools could do but wont and teaching is one of them. Dont know about the particulars of this district but with a program like this over looked or not, but it seems to be one of the PC type of schools that forget that they have some obligations and requirements to SERVE the public!

    • Anonymous says:

      Exactly right Hank!! If they want students to be educated on firearms safety, then invite Eddie Eagle to the schools to conduct lessons. You are well informed my friend!!

  5. Wayne B (rain) says:

    Parents should make a contract for school employees not to promulgate radical left-wing propaganda and hand it to them when asked to sign that.

  6. Schools don’t make good parents. No bureaucracy does. They have enough trouble teaching the basics.

  7. The Truth Hurts says:

    Totally inappropriate. And a waste of paper because this “contract” is completely unenforceable.

  8. the odd think about this is ; even if they did have a problem – this still would not be the appropriate way to address the issue. This is just a ‘bunny rabbit’ oh how cute – feel good measure of patting one’s self on the back saying ‘see we tried’ – its what is wrong with the root of the thought of the system.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Just another Liberal feel-good, we care crap. Stick to academics and drop social re-engineering!

  10. Anonymous says:

    Great idea … except those nut jobs that shoot up schools are not parents of the students 99.99%
    of them don’t have any connection to the school at all The only exception to this are the shootings at colleges.

    Sure is odd that our dear leaders who say we should not have trained armed protection at our schools have trained armed personal at their kids schools.

  11. … let’s not get overly hyper here, people… the keyword here is “asked”… there is obviously no REQIREMENT to sign such nonsense, and further in the article it also states that the schoiol dristrict does not consider signing it as mandatory for admission, and also that there wil be no consequencwes for NOT signing… having put three kids through the public school system, I’ve refused to sign many documents that I didsagreed with… never been a problem for me…. keep calm… and reload….

  12. Anonymous says:

    Schools would much better serve the students by teaching the NRA’s Eddie the Eagle program for Gun Safety. It is a proven program that has helped many.

  13. Here is some information about The Eddie Eagle Gunsafe Program.

    Everyone please forward this information to your local school administrators.

    http://eddieeagle.nra.org/

  14. Sheriff Joe has people teaching gun safety in schools in
    Maricopa County. Where is our Sheriff hiding? Is he even
    still alive?

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