VIRGINIA BEACH-Dozens of teachers from across Hampton Roads are getting a lesson on guns.
After the school shooting in Connecticut, several of them called Superior Pawn and Gun in Virginia Beach and asked to learn about firearms.
Gun safety instructor Chuck Cesil volunteered to teach the teachers for free.
“It’s something that needs to be done. It seems like there is a lot of talk and nothing gets done. Teachers have an incredibly difficult and important job. I want to help,” he said.
At the range Tuesday, teacher Gail Campbell was learning how to shoot. She said she wants to be prepared to handle any situation.
In the three-hour class, teachers will learn things like distinguishing between automatic and semiautomatic guns, how to safely pick up a firearm and unload and disarm it.
“If they encounter a gun in a kid's locker, they would know how to approach it and make it safe,” he explained.
Cesil says teachers will have the opportunity to shoot a gun if they choose to.
The first class is tonight and it’s full. The room has enough space for 25 people. Teachers from across Hampton Roads and North Carolina have signed up.
Cesil says two other gun instructors also agreed to volunteer to train educators.
“They were 100 percent on board to do it for free,” he noted.
The next class will be January 22 at 6:00 p.m. at 26674 Lishelle Place off Lynnhaven Parkway. Interested teachers can call the shop at 757-427-2627 for more details.
We checked with school divisions to see if they offer a gun safety course or are considering it. Here's what they told us:
Chesapeake: does not offer; not being considered
Hampton: does not offer; no plans to do so
Isle of Wight Co.: does not offer; will not be a consideration
Newport News: does not offer; it will not be a consideration.
Portsmouth: not currently offered; no plans at this time to offer
Suffolk: does not offer
Virginia Beach: does not offer; is not being considered
Williamsburg-James City Co.: does not offer
York County: does not offer; has not been brought forward as something to consider
Isle of Wight Schools stated its superintendent will take part in a community panel discussion entitled "Who Should Protect Our School Children?" It will be at 7:00 p.m. on January 22 at the Smithfield Center. It's sponsored by the Isle of Wight Citizens Association and the Carrollton Civic League.