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Proposed bill wants to bring 2nd Amendment into the classroom in South Carolina

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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) - Lawmakers in South Carolina will soon discuss whether students across the state should focus extra attention learning about the Second Amendment and right to bear arms.

The bill's sponsors, including Greenville County Rep. Garry R. Smith, said the Second Amendment is the most important one and it needs to be promoted.

Others in the community, like Spartanburg licensed clinical social worker, Barry Keith, are concerned that mandating school curriculum, and overemphasizing guns, could cause confusion for kids.

The Second Amendment Education Act of 2015 would designate a day for school kids to recognize the amendment.

The bill would require public schools to "conduct poster or essay contests" about the second amendment and honor state winners.

It demands students in elementary, middle, and high school, receive Second Amendment lessons "at least three consecutive weeks in one grading period in each academic year," and recommends that the National Rifle Association (NRA) create the curriculum.

In these early stages, Rep. Smith knows the bill will be in for a lot of discussion and changes, but believes the Founding Fathers put the right to bear arms as number two on the Bill of Rights, because it helps protect all the other rights.

Keith said after hearing about other school shootings, he's dealt with children in Spartanburg with PTSD, or some who are scared to go to school.

He's concerned that a bill mandating three weeks of discussion about the second amendment would increase fear in students, especially young ones.

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