TUCSON, Arizona – Parents in Arizona’s Flowing Wells Unified School district are being asked to sign a “weapons contract” to “teach their children to settle arguments without violence,” according to the Arizona Daily Independent.
The document was reportedly included in each student’s registration packet for the 2013-14 school year.
The newspaper reports the contract stipulates the 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.”
One father signed the contract, but later contacted the district after giving it more thought, according to the news report.
The district superintendent claims “it was never their intention to govern behavior at home” and that he has “no reason to believe that the district’s parents need to be taught how to raise their children,” according to the paper.
The contract also requires parents to “support the school’s policies to eliminate the misuse of guns,” according to the Daily Independent.
The newspaper notes the district “has long been known for its agrarian population” and gun ownership is commonplace. Arizona also has a concealed carry law and this agreement could affect those rights.
The district now insists there will be “no consequences” for refusing to sign the contract.
Then what’s the point?
This smells like the handiwork of politically liberal educators. It’s become clear in recent months, since the Newtown tragedy, that teachers unions and many other educators hate all forms of weapons and would welcome any law making them illegal.
Since no such law has been passed, they’re trying to pressure parents to conduct themselves in a way they consider appropriate.
What arrogant, elitist nonsense. We’re wondering how many parents returned unsigned contracts with a side note, telling school officials what they can do with them.
By Kyle Olson at EAGnews.org