An eagle named 'Eddie' teaches young kids about gun safety

Terre Haute police are partnering with local elementary schools to teach young students, in the classroom, the importance of being safe around guns.

Posted: Dec 13, 2017 7:00 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI)- Terre Haute police are partnering with local elementary schools to teach young students, in the classroom, the importance of being safe around guns.

A grant funded by the National Rifle Association makes this program all possible in the Wabash Valley.

Eddie the Eagle is a national program. Sean Trevarthan, a Terre Haute officer, has been traveling to seven elementary schools in vigo county for the past six years.

He educates students about gun safety with a fun cartoon video and an appearance from Eddie the Eagle himself.

"They get the education at a young age," Trevarthan said. "I know there are plenty of guns in homes around here. To have kids able to understand that the gun safety part is so important. And, also the dangers of having a gun in the house."

Students learned four things you should do if you spot a gun: stop, don't touch, run away, and tell a grownup.

You can click here to learn more about Eddie the Eagle program.

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