Winnie-the-Pooh book given to young TX students advises them what to do if a gunman appears

A Dallas, Texas school district is handing out Winnie-the-Pooh books produced by Praetorian Consulting in Houston to schoolchildren as young as 4 years old to take home that advises them to “HIDE like Pooh until the police appear” if a gunman comes into their school building.

The children get to take the illustrated books home with them that show what to do in an active shooting situation. They were issued around the one-year anniversary of the Uvalde school shooting, where 19 students and two teachers died according to the Daily Mail. The books are produced by the Houston-based law enforcement, safety, and crisis management consulting company.

One parent named Cindy Campos discovered that her son, Bowie, had brought home the book “Stay Safe: Run, Hide, Fight.” The little boy was excited to read the new book, but the mother was very hesitant after seeing what the subject matter was.

“There’s nothing inappropriate about the book itself, but the intent behind it,” she told Oak Cliff Advocate Magazine in an interview.

She found a second copy in her other son Mason’s backpack and caved, reading the book to Bowie.

The mother told the magazine that her preschooler didn’t understand the book’s content and instead thought it showed how to protect himself when playing with his brother.

Sections of the book depict Pooh characters telling children, “If there is danger and it is safe to get away, we should RUN like Rabbit to get away. Help friends that need it, but we can’t quit until we are safe with a teacher or police.”

“If danger is near, do not fear. HIDE like Pooh until the police appear…We should all hide without making a sound in a place where we cannot be found,” the book goes on to warn children.

The book also tells children to “fight with all your might” if “danger finds us.”

“Like Kanga and Roo do, it is better to fight together,” the book advises.

“All I want after [the last day of school] is to take my kids home and sit on our couch. But there are families in Uvalde that can’t do that,” Campos told the magazine. “There are going to be more families that can’t do that and this book shows me that.”

The mother noted that her son asked “so many questions before going to bed” and she had to “figure out the correct but realistic way to say things.” She also fears that school shootings are now becoming “normalized” in society.

She’s not the only parent uncomfortable with the book. When the mother anonymously posted doubts concerning it, along with photos of the book, on a neighborhood Facebook group, she realized students from other schools including Stevens Park Elementary had brought home the same book. Other parents were feeling the same uneasiness that she felt according to the magazine.

Many parents remarked that they felt the district, or whoever decided to send home the books, should have included accompanying literature for parents to help explain the subject matter to their children.

Others were angered at not getting a heads-up on the book. And there was an overall feeling of horror that this is where we are as a society just as Campos had felt.

A second-grade teacher commented that the “Stay Safe” books were placed in her mailbox Monday afternoon with no additional information.

California Govern Gavin Newsom (D) went further, claiming the book illustrated the cowardice of the Republican-controlled legislature in Texas.

“Winnie-the-Pooh is now teaching Texas kids about active shooters because the elected officials do not have the courage to keep our kids safe and pass common sense gun safety laws,” he viciously commented on Twitter.

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