On Tuesday, the Springfield, Ill., Public School District told Examiner.com it had received permission to edit or change a workbook that says the Second Amendment only covers "certain" weapons providing they are registered and the owners have never been in prison.
The workbook caused a nationwide furor late last week for misrepresenting the Second Amendment.
The parent who made the workbook public said he was assured the book would be changed, but Superintendent Bob Hill told 970 WMAY he was standing by the book and would not remove it. Moreover, he claimed that “no place in the book does it portray that that is the Second Amendment — it’s a study guide summary of the Second Amendment and the impact of the Second Amendment on the lives of people today.”
He also said the book teaches children "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."
Additionally, Hill told WMAY that several parents have asked him to remove the book, “which I’ve told them I wouldn’t do.”
According to WMAY, Hill said the textbook lists the exact wording of the amendment and other contextual information about the revolutionary war."
The workbook, written long before 2014 by two Grant teachers, states:
"This 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.”
The Second Amendment, however, says:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
Hill came under fire on the Illinois Gun Owner's Rights Facebook page after that interview.
The parent who initially confirmed the workbook to Examiner said an email had reportedly been sent indicating the school had changed its position somewhat.
"They stated that yesterday but I was told today that an email was sent out by the superintendent that they have switched their position and that book is going to be edited or totally scrapped. I'm trying to confirm that now," the parent said.
Cindy Bergeron, an administrative assistant with human resources, told Examiner the school had received permission to edit the book, "if and when" it is ever used again.
The parent we spoke to said he would like to know what edits would be made, but the school did not have that information.
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