The parents of a South Carolina 8th grade student now say their daughter lied to them over a classroom discussion regarding the confiscation of guns.
On Wednesday September 18, concerned parents Braden and Andrea Gammon from South Carolina contacted Joshua Cook who writes for Benswann.com to express their concern regarding “Constitution Day” curriculum taught in their daughter’s history class.
The Gammons became concerned when their daughter showed them what she learned in school. Below is the quiz, including question #10 pertaining to the U.S. Constitution:
Specifically, question #10 caused controversy because it asked if police have the right to confiscate a legally owned, permitted firearm at a traffic stop. On the worksheet, the Gammon’s daughter had marked “No” but that answer was scratched out and replaced with the word “Yes”.
I talked personally with Andrea Gammon by telephone Saturday and she tells me, “We sat down for two and half hours to talk about the whole issue. My husband is an 8 year veteran and we both fully believe in the Constitution. When we got to the question we said ‘what about this, what happened?’”
According to Gammon, her daughter explained that she had originally answered the question “No” but that “the teacher said for me to cross it out because it is constitutional”
Gammon tells me that she contacted the school’s principal but was told he didn’t know what was on the worksheet. That was when she contacted Joshua Cook.
The story written by Cook for Benswann.com went viral and garnered attention from across the nation. But even as the story grew, the Gammons found what they had been told by their daughter was falling apart.
Superintendent Ron Garner contacted the family about the issue. A meeting was set up between the Gammons and the school’s principal and the teacher in question. After the meeting, Andrea Gammon says that she and her husband now believe their daughter did not tell the truth about what happened in class last week.
“We sat down with this man and I believe him. My husband and I did look up the answer key online to make sure that the answer key was correct and it was.”
Further, Andrea says that her daughter has now changed her story, claiming it was another student who stated that an officer can confiscate the weapon and that the teacher actually disagreed.
“We reacted emotionally because this is something important to us and we never thought that she would lie to us about it and we shouldn’t have reacted, we should have backed it up first. I feel terrible about what this man and his reputation have gone through.” says Gammon.