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Facebook post of Thermopolis middle schoolers in an air rifle class goes viral

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Last week, the Hot Springs County School District #1 in Thermopolis posted a picture of fifth and sixth graders using air rifles in a school gym on their Facebook page. The picture was from an air rifle unit, which is part of the district's physical education curriculum.

The photo was picked up by media channels across the nation and the state, some supporting and others criticizing. The school district issued a statement saying they regret that the content was found offensive by others. It emphasized that the vast majority of households in Wyoming have firearms so it is important for students to learn safety and respect.

The release went further to say the specific air rifle unit portrayed in the photo is a three-week program and students wishing not to participate are able to complete another assignment. It ended by saying it will review and evaluate social media protocols in the future.

In addition to reporting daily on the happenings in Northwest Wyoming, Kamila is also the producer of the Kids Ask WhY Podcast and the History Unloaded Podcast.Kamila has worked for public radio stations in California, New York, France and Poland. Originally from New York City, she loves exploring new places. Kamila received her master in journalism from Columbia University. In her spare time, she enjoys exploring the surrounding areas with her two pups and husband.
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