A workbook being used at Grant Middle School in Springfield isn't going anywhere anytime soon, according to Springfield School District 186 Interim Superintendent Bob Hill.
After making national news over the weekend, Hill says he had many conversations with people Monday asking him to remove the material, "which I've told them I wouldn't do."
Hill tells 970 WMAY the material isn't the only interpretation of the Second Amendment and that it teaches kids "what happens with the right to bear arms in the context of 2014, is the right to bear arms in reality, not as written in the constitution, but in reality is it in anyway abridged and the answer is 'yes, in some places by the need to register guns or gun owners' and so on."
In an interview (heard here) with 970 WMAY's Jim Leach, Hill says he doesn't think the material was "proselytizing" a certain point of view and that pulling the material out of context is "in my opinion pretty unfair relative to what the teacher has goin on."
Hill says his job is not to micromanage the district's educators and says that doing so would be an insult to teachers.
Hill says the textbook lists the exact wording of the amendment and other contextual information about the revolutionary war, but the workbook says that the Second Amendment "states that people have the right to certain weapons, providing that they register them and they have not been in prison. The founding fathers included this amendment to prevent the United States from acting like the British who had tried to take weapons away from the colonists."
A FOIA request for the entire workbook has been filed in hopes of discovering how absurd other amendments are interpreted.
One caller to 970 WMAY joked the workbook probably says "the fourth amendment keeps you safe from unreasonable search and seizure--unless it's the NSA."
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