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A kindergarten class at Hickman County Elementary learned what to do if they see a gun. A kindergarten class at Hickman County Elementary learned what to do if they see a gun.
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HICKMAN COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

The shootings in Newtown, Connecticut have impacted many Americans.

One county in the Heartland has ramped up efforts to make sure its people stay safe.

The Hickman County Sheriff's Department is working to educate preschoolers to third graders.

Sheriff Mark Green and Jailer Chad Frizzell are conducting a class to teach elementary students about gun safety.

Tuesday, Heartland News joined a kindergarten classroom at Hickman County Elementary where they learned what to do if they see a gun.

Kindergartners watched a video that taught them about gun safety. In the video, 'Eddie the Eagle' teaches them if they see a gun, they should STOP! DON'T TOUCH. LEAVE THE AREA. TELL AN ADULT.

Green and Frizzell handed the children a gun safety workbook with an assignment to be turned in the following week.

Kindergarten teacher Andrea Davis feels this is an important message every kid should be taught.

Green plans on coming back every year to teach new students who enter the school system and to teach a refresher course from time to time.

Students also take home a pamphlet for their parents to read and talk about with their child. 

Green says about 80 percent of the households in Hickman County have guns.
He says it is important to educate people of all ages about gun safety.
Green and other police authorities have been present at the schools in the morning to make sure kids get in safely.
He also recently bought new radios for his department and others so they can be on the same frequency and have a constant way to communication with each other.
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