Clarksville, Iowa – One year after a classmate died in a gun accident, junior high students at Clarksville in Northeast Iowa are enrolled in the school’s first hunter safety education program.
Superintendent Joel Foster says 15-year-old Cain Schild’s death last May helped set the curriculum in motion..
Foster is also superintendent for the North Butler school district which joined Clarksville in offering the course. Students use inoperable guns and replica ammunition to learn how to hold and care for firearms.
He says although it’s called hunter safety class, the material covers much more than hunting.
Foster says the class is part of the junior high physical education curriculum and is taught by a naturalist from the Butler County Conservation Board. Those who successfully complete the class are eligible to apply for an Iowa hunting license. Parents can opt to have their children sit out, though none of the nearly 100 students took that option.