Originally created 03/03/00

Wants 'reality' about guns taught



I read in the Feb. 25 paper about a third grader being suspended from school for making a paper "gun." Then, while reading in the Feb. 26 Chronicle about the $14,000-plus that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated for a gun buy-back program, I couldn't help but wonder if paper guns are included.

Now I read that a 6-year-old kid shot and killed a classmate in Michigan.

Isn't it time for common sense to prevail? If adult educators can't seem to see a difference between real and paper guns how can young children? Let's teach kids there is a clear distinction between real and paper guns, and not to confuse play with reality.

Dale W. Hemman, Evans