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I think this was a great idea and I hope it really takes off in the area. What a better way to teach gun safety and thru the school system. I hope this continues for a long time and who knows maybe they can win state in there first year. I will be cheering for the team. Report Reply 0 replies · active 246 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Mo67 · 246 weeks ago Great idea!! I love shooting. But guns? School? Students? I am shocked it was even considered! Hope this all works out:) Report Reply 0 replies · active 246 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 246 weeks ago ‘Merica! lol. Gee, high school kids with shot guns……reminds me of when I was in high school. And I turned out just fine. 😉 Bravo to those that got this rolling. Report Reply 0 replies · active 246 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Karen Jones · 246 weeks ago GREAT idea!!! It will teach them safety with guns!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 246 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down John Munro · 246 weeks ago In response to Mo67 and anyone else concerned about the safety of shooting sports in schools, or anywhere else, for that matter: I am the area coordinator for the Kansas Safe Hunter program, that is the state program that teaches hunter safety, and have been involved in this program for over 10 years. The last 3 years we have been having 2 clinics every year, one in the spring and one in the fall at the Wellington High School, in the Ag building. During that time we have recruited Mrs. Chase and others as instructors. This program is required by anyone born after July 1, 1958 to obtain at hunting license in Kansas and all the other states as well. This clay target program requires that all the students must first participate in and pass the hunter safety class in order to participate in the clay target league. As far as the safety of shooting sports in general, when held at established ranges and fields designed and staffed by certified range personnel, it is probably the most safest sports available. You can pick any sport that people participate in, be it football, basketball, golf, tennis and all of the rest and the danger from an injury is much higher than that of shooting sports. Accidents are so rare in shooting sports they virtually don’t register at all. As far as having firearms on school property, all the firearms will be required to be in cases, with gun safety locks installed, or in the case of some different types, partially disassembled. I can remember when I went to high school, graduating in 1967, that there were lots of kids who lived in the country and drove pickups to school with a shotgun or rifle in the rear window gun rack, and no one thought anything about it. Times have changed, unfortunately. Anyway, concerns of safety about this program need not worry anyone. It will work out just fine. Report Reply 1 reply · active 245 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down Mo67 · 245 weeks ago I was being sarcastic! I REALLY do hope that this all works out. I love shooting and have always thought a class like this would be beneficial to students. I am just surprised that it was considered with the way things are in the world today. Report Reply +3 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 246 weeks ago I think this is a great idea and should be supported by all. Nobody should have a dissenting opinion about this. Report Reply 0 replies · active 246 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down WHSclass2016 · 245 weeks ago As a WHS student I feel that the shooting sports team is a great way for kids to find a new hobby and give them something different to do. This Team will give the high school some much needed diversity. Report Reply 0 replies · active 245 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Old Shooter · 243 weeks ago This is based on the Minnesota Clay Target League program, which is huge. They have 10,000 kids involved, it’s so big it’s like football in the state. Glad to see it get started. Hope to see local businesses kick in to keep costs down. Report Reply 0 replies · active 243 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Amber Schmitz, Sumner Newscow â€” After reading about a high school clay target league on Facebook, Mark Chase talked to his wife, Linda Chase, Wellington High School Vo Ag Instructor, about starting a league here.Linda Chase“We do a lot of shooting and hunting activities,” Chase said. “He told me there would be a lot of kids interested in that, and that it would be a good sport and something different.”Chase said that it really wasn’t difficult as she thought it would be to get approved by the school board.“I did lot’s of background research on clay target leagues, and knew they had insurance available, and checked to see what the school was going to be able to cover, etc.” Chase said. “I started sending emails to the administration at the high school and Superintendent Rick Weiss, to ask their opinions. Everyone was for getting a team started.”Chase said that Weiss is an avid duck hunter, and thought it was a great idea, since he enjoys hunting. Weiss did background research into insurance and when it was presented to the school board, he worked with Chase, since they found out they would be covered as long as they followed guidelines.“The next obstacle was expense, especially during the first year” Chase said.Chase will be volunteering her time to coach the kids, with help from her husband and other instructors as needed.“I’ve been teaching hunters safety education in the fall and spring, and I have several instructors either retired or from the sheriff’s office or on the police department, who will be helping as safety range instructors,” Chase said. “I have a good group of instructors.”The cost to the school district will be a maximum of $200 to pay for fuel for the vans when they go to five competitions and the state tournament. There will be five competitions held inÂ Belle Plaine or Winfield, and state will be at Valley Center. Most competitions will be at the local Trigger Guard range, where they will also hold practices so that students don’t have to travel far. Competitions will be held on Saturdays or Sundays.“I’m hoping with the competitions being Saturday and Sunday, to get parents involved to watch and support the kids and be able to be more involved as well,” Chase said.Mike Yoder, owner of Trigger Guard, is allowing them free use of range, but students have to provide their own ammunition and clay targets.“I’m really thankful for Mike and his facility,” Chase said.All cost of the sport falls on the students. Students or family have to own their own shotgun and have to afford entire season, which costs between $500-$600. They will be shooting 100 rounds of ammo a week, and 1,000 rounds within a ten week period.The season starts mid-March and ends the first week of June, when the state tournament will be held. Kids have to pay membership into the Kansas State High School Clay Target League, which is $30, and state contest fees, which are $25, pay for all clay targets and ammo, and must wear safety glasses and have hearing protection.Chase is trying to apply for grant money through the NRA to help cover costs, ammo and clay targets.“Kids have to be diligent and committed,” Chase said.As part of the state clay target league rules, there has to have one coach every 10 students. With this being the first year, Chase is going to start out with just 10 students and see how it goes. There is also an application process and GPA and behavior referrals they must meet. It is also a co-ed team.“I’m pretty excited about that aspect,” Chase said. “For the first year start we’ll start with around ten, and if it looks like more than ten kids want to involved, my husband has offered to serve as a second coach and sponsor.”At this time, there are six high schools in the state league, as it’s a new sport to the state. Schools have until Mar. 1 to get involved. There are also six colleges in the state with clay shooting leagues. The closest school with a league is Andover-Central, and other schools are trying to get leagues started.“I’ve been in contact with the WSU and Pratt coaches, and they are going to be helping Wellington from time to time, and come to practices and help the students out, it’s a great recruitment for them,” Chase said.Chase said that it’s kind of a feeder program for the Olympics. If kids get good start in high school, then go onto college with it, they could be recruited to play in the Olympics. The sport was started in Minnesota, where over 8,000 students are involved.“We will teach the kids about gun handling, and safety, and proper cleaning and storage of guns, and it’s a very safe sport,” Chase said.Evening meetings will be held where students will learn about safe cleaning, handling, and proper storage of guns.“There is a lot of courtesy they have to learn,” Chase said. “When on target and on the sand, you have to have the courtesy of letting the other person shoot first. It’s very organized and very disciplined, and is a sport that teaches a lot of discipline and courtesy.”If and when the team travels, they will have to have permission from school administration for guns to be brought onto school property after school hours.“We have to receive prior permission for guns to be on school property,” Chase said. “When guns come to school, they must have a gun lock, be in a case, and the ammo must be stored separately from gun.”Follow us on Twitter.