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A Lesson Well Learned

Every year, Dwain Haggard, the District Superintendent of Schools in Reed Point, Mont., goes to the high school’s history class to talk about the Civil War. Haggard, a former Civil War reenactor, brings a replica black powder muzzle-loader to show a period firearm. And this year, “when I dropped the hammer on it, to all of our surprise, it went off,” he said. “Holy criminy, you just shot the map,” a student said. The kids were “never really in danger,” Haggard said, because he never pointed it at students once he inserted the firing cap. Haggard called the incident a “bitter irony” because he has worked so hard as superintendent to increase school safety. (RC/Billings Gazette) ...No, what makes it a “bitter irony” is kids who make crude drawings of guns get expelled, while he gets to say “oops” and keep his job.
Original Publication Date: 14 March 2010
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 16.

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