North Carolina Smithfield-Selma High School JROTC opened its 1,200 square-foot, six-lane, indoor shooting range on school grounds, where they use air powered rifles to shoot lead pellets in the small indoor shooting range April 2016 as reported by WRAL, Fox News and ABC11.
The JROTC program participates in the Civilian Marksmanship Program, a program that promotes “firearms safety, and marksmanship training for citizens with an emphasis on youth,” reported ABC.
As of April, only five seniors at Smithfield Selma High had completed the criteria in order to shoot on the range, according to ABC, and Wegman told WRAL he hopes to have all of the seniors in the program certified by the fall.
“There’s a marksmanship safety test they have to take, and they have to get a 100 on it,” Commander David Wegman told WRAL. “In addition to that, they have to sign a safety pledge, get permission from home and then finally demonstrate on the range that they know how to handle one of these air rifles safely.”
2,630 high schools have a marksmanship program affiliated with them – 140 of those are in North Carolina, according to CMP as reported by ABC.
“We talk about, a lot in this country, about teaching students responsibility. This goes beyond theory, to actually give them an opportunity to participate in something that is quite responsible,” he told ABC.
The students in Smithfield-Selma High School, N.C. JROTC programs would agree.
“This is an amazing program that we got here at SSS,” Senior Hector Mendoza told ABC. “It will teach us safety rules and how to be a better leader after high school. It teaches how to use our weapons and safety of our weapons, and teaches us how to follow leadership directions.”
Maybe one day in the near future some of these students will cross our halls at the National Guard Marksmanship Training Center, where their responsibility, and discipline will definitely be challenged.
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ABC 11: http://abc11.com/1313086/ “North Carolina high school builds shooting range on campus”
Fox News: http://fxn.ws/1SuzP2D “North Carolina high school reportedly opens indoor shooting range”
WRAL: http://fw.to/a7L3faL “Johnston high school opens indoor shooting range”
The great body of our citizens shoot less and less as time goes on. To meet this we should encourage rifle practice among schoolboys, and indeed among all classes, as well as in the military services, by every means in our power. Thus, and not otherwise, may we be able to assist in preserving the peace of the world. Fit to hold our own against the strong nations of the earth, our voice for peace will carry to the ends of the earth. Unprepared, and therefore unfit, we must sit dumb and helpless to defend ourselves, protect others, or preserve peace. The first step–in the direction of preparation to avert war if possible and to be fit for war if it should come–is to teach our men to shoot.”
~ Theodore Roosevelt’s Last State of the Union Address Dec. 8, 1908