Gun safety classes in elementary schools

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Gun safety classes could be coming to your child's elementary school.

The State Department of Education is expected to put in place a gun safety curriculum for elementary school students.

It touches on violence in video games and how lives are cut short by gun violence.

State code states that local school boards may provide firearm safety education programs for students in elementary schools — but the Board of Education must establish the way it's taught.

The curriculum provides background information on gun use, plus consequences when they are used the wrong way.

The lessons are broken down by each grade.

There are discussion questions, like what to do if a gun is found, and even a safety mascot.

The gun safety curriculum will get a final review at Thursday's Department of Education meeting.

It will then be up to your child's school board to decide whether or not to have these classes.

This is a link to some of the lessons:

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.