Controversy erupts after planned gun safety programs by the National Rifle Association get cancelled on the eve of their annual convention.
You heard this story exclusively this morning on Houston's Morning News with Matt Patrick. The NRA's GunSafe program was planned to be held Tuesday at Peck Elementary School in Houston, but was cancelled. The program teaches kids to stay away from guns as well as what to do if they see a gun.
Houston Independent School District spokesman Jason Spencer says Peck Elementary principal Carletta Brown cancelled the Eddie Eagle GunSafe event because she didn't want it to appear that the school was endorsing the NRA or a political party.
Spencer says Brown thought the program was being held by the Houston Police Department and cancelled the event when she found out it was only the NRA.
The cancellation came just hours after Carletta Brown joined Houston's Morning News for a live interview where she expressed she was excited about having the GunSafe program at her school. Also part of that interview was Eric Lipp, who is the Community Outreach National Manager for, wait for it, the NRA!
The National Rifle Association is holding its annual conference in Houston this weekend and had planned another Eddie Eagle GunSafe program for MLK Childcare Centers, but that program has also been cancelled.
Following the cancellations KTRH reached out to principal Brown but she refused to comment. HISD spoke with KTRH but denied our request for an interview
You can listen to Carletta Brown's interview with Matt Patrick on Houston's Morning News below.