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SJSD Produces Gun Safety Video

The St. Joseph School District produced a public service announcement for parents to educate their kids on what to do if they found a gun.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph School District produced a gun safety public service announcement to teach kids what to do if they encounter a gun.

"Play guns, and real guns, look a lot alike. So, our kids need to know if they find one, what to do," said Joey Austin from the St. Joseph School District.

In the PSA, two boys came home from school, and sat down to do homework. They opened a drawer and found a real, unloaded gun.

They looked at it, slipped it their backpack, then walked out the door.

"What we're hoping, at that point, is that the parents can engage the kids and say, you know, what would you have done? What would you do in that situation. Just open the lines of communication to keep the kids safe," said Austin.

It's a scary, yet real-life situation that could happen to anyone.

In December, a 7-year-old student at Lindbergh Elementary brought a loaded gun to school.

The student didn't make any threats, but he did show his friends.

"What do you do in that situation? And, who do you go to? You go to an adult, you stop what you're doing," said Austin.

The district said in case kids get stuck in a situation like the one in the video, or at Lindbergh Elementary, they need to be prepared.

"We want people to watch it, and then we want people to talk about it. Because, that's the way that we can really engage our kids in a conversation about how to keep them safe and what to do if they ever come across a gun," said Austin.

Nearly two million kids live in homes with an unlocked and loaded gun.

If kids find a gun at home, school or a friend's house, stop what you're doing, tell an adult, then leave the situation alone.

To watch the district's full PSA, click here.



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