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HISD Rejects NRA safety instruction

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His name is "Eddie Eagle" and no one doubts the merit of his message.

"If you spot a gun just walk away. Go find an adult. Go tell them what you found. A gun shouldn't be left lying around," raps the feathered cartoon character.

It is potentially life saving instruction so worthy Peck Elementary School Principal Carlotta Brown invited Eddie to her campus and even went on the KTRH radio airwaves to promote his impending arrival.

"We are so elated to have a gun safety program at our school today," said Brown.

 Turns out that invitation didn't sit too well with the leadership of the Houston Independent School District who had no problem with message, but a big objection to the messenger.

You see Eddie Eagle is sponsored by the highly political National Rifle Association and

HISD spokesman Jason Spencer says groups driving agendas are, as a general rule, denied access to the district's students.

That's why the principal who invited Eddie was forced uninvite him just hours before his arrival.

It's a very public rejection that comes just days before the NRA opens it's national convention in Houston.

Conservative commentator Matt Patrick, who hosted principal Brown on his morning radio show, believes there are consequences to HISD's clearly gun-shy attitude toward the NRA.

" This is ridiculous, this is political you know it, I know it. What you are doing is leaving the kids out in the cold and that's what concerns me about this," said Patrick.

It's safety instruction parents outside Peck say is sorely needed, regardless of the politics projected by the source.

"Without it kids don't know. If nobody teaches them to not pull a trigger or gun safety or about a gun lock they are going to play with it. You here about it all the time," said one parent.

"I'd rather do it the safe way. Lets do it at the school, lets do it at the home, so when kids get to the streets, they already know," said Annette Goodwill, whose grandchild attends Peck.

A second Eddie Eagle presentation scheduled for Wednesday at Martin Luther King Early Childhood Development Center has also been canceled.

HISD says it will continue providing gun safety instruction to students through it's own police force.

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