Texas Republicans Ripped For Using Winnie The Pooh To Teach Kids About Active Shooters
Reports have emerged stating that elementary school children in Texas are being provided with Winnie the Pooh books that teach them how to respond in the event of a school shooting.
The book, titled Stay Safe, was distributed in the backpacks of students within the Dallas Independent School District. It offers guidance on actions such as running, hiding, and fighting to protect themselves during an active shooter situation.
It features Winnie the Pooh, the beloved bear from the Hundred Acre Wood, offering advice to children. It encourages them to hide and remain quiet until the police arrive if they perceive danger. One page depicts Pooh peeking out from inside a honey pot, illustrating the concept of hiding without making a sound.
The distribution of the book occurred just a week after the anniversary of a tragic school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, which claimed the lives of 19 students and two teachers.
News about the book went viral after California Democratic Governor Gavin Newsom posted a photo from its pages and tweeted the following criticism:
"Winnie the Pooh is now teaching Texas kids about active shooters because the elected officials do not have the courage to keep our kids safe and pass common sense gun safety laws."
You can see Newsom's tweet below.
\u201cWinnie the Pooh is now teaching Texas kids about active shooters because the elected officials do not have the courage to keep our kids safe and pass common sense gun safety laws. https://t.co/PNXhIlrcxq\u201d— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom) 1684860636
You can see the photo Newsom posted below.
Condemnation rained down on Texas GOP legislators as soon as the images circulated on social media.
\u201cThat #TexAss would do this rather limit #GunViolence by restricting the proliferation of #GUNS is a perversion of & horrifying commentary on so-called #freedom.\n\n#Texas schools hand out Winnie-the-Pooh books showing 4-year-olds how to foil active shooters https://t.co/EaRy4kuhgK\u201d— RC deWinter (@RC deWinter) 1685125045
\u201cAmerica-where this book is fine but Ruby Bridges' story is not. 5-year-old children in Texas are being given Winnie the Pooh books that teach them how to survive a school shooting https://t.co/FtrTVnmoSX #utpol\u201d— Sharon (@Sharon) 1685112438
\u201cWe need a book teaching kids that the Hundred Acre Wood refuses to pass gun control laws, which is why terminally depressed Eeyore has six AR-15s and is writing a manifesto.\n\n"Winnie-the-Pooh book teaches Texas kids to \u2018run, hide, fight\u2019 in a shooting" \n\nhttps://t.co/gKHiHOSNdS\u201d— Mark Pitcavage (@Mark Pitcavage) 1685027392
\u201cTexas schoolchildren from age 4 up are given Winnie-the-Pooh cartoon books teaching them to 'run, hide, fight' if a gunman shoots at them. "Run, Hide, Fight" was passed out in Dallas schools on the 1st year anniversary of the GOP/NRA-enabled Uvalde massacre. Texas: FAILED STATE.\u201d— Frank-STOP-Christian-Nationalists-Schaeffer (@Frank-STOP-Christian-Nationalists-Schaeffer) 1685115025
\u201cKids can't learn about Rosa Parks, or human anatomy, but Winnie the Pooh can teach them to "run, hide and fight" active shooters.\n\nGood God. What evil is this???\nhttps://t.co/FHiKpEEa5p\u201d— RevDaniel (@RevDaniel) 1685032227
\u201c@GavinNewsom @Lilobri How many BILLIONs of taxpayer dollar$ go to pay for "safety measures": extra-police, active shooter drills, education, hardening schools, consultants, PR -- in order for gun manufacturer's to easily make BILLION$ for their shareholders?\u201d— Gavin Newsom (@Gavin Newsom) 1684860636
\u201ctruly bonkers country https://t.co/LzbfR6zB3I\u201d— Oliver Milman (@Oliver Milman) 1685020447
A Dallas elementary school teacher, who chose to remain anonymous, expressed discomfort with the book's contents and disappointment that it was produced instead of taking tangible actions to prevent school shootings.
The Dallas Independent School District has not yet responded to requests for comment regarding the distribution of the book.
The book was produced by Praetorian Consulting, which states on its website that the materials were created in collaboration with schools and police to educate children on remaining safe during dangerous school situations. The "run, hide, fight" advice given in the book aligns with the guidelines provided by the FBI for schools in active shooter scenarios.
The firm's use of Winnie the Pooh and related characters popularized by English author A.A. Milne was made possible because Milne's creations officially entered the public domain on January 1, 2022.
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