Firearm safety education is crucial to the well-being of Utah’s children. L.E.T.S. Stay Safe is Utah’s firearm safety and violence prevention program that promotes gun safety through education.
Formed in partnership with the Utah State Board of Education and the Utah State Legislature, the Utah Attorney General’s Office developed this program to help teachers and parents teach firearm safety by providing teaching materials and safety guidelines for students and children across the state.
Program materials include a 5-minute educational video that teaches children what to do when they find a gun or become aware of a threat at school. The video is accompanied by a 50-minute lesson plan, PowerPoint presentation, posters, handouts, and a social media campaign. The program “L.E.T.S. Stay Safe” uses the mnemonic “L.E.T.S.” to teach students the proper actions to take when they find a firearm:
Leave it alone;
Tell an adult; and
Share threats against the school or other students with authorities.
School resource officers and other peace officers can voluntarily teach this lesson to grades 5 through 12 in school districts where the school board or chartered school governing board has given approval. All students may attend this class when a parent or legal guardian has given prior written consent.
Parents and community leaders can also access and use the program for family and community education. Details for the program are outlined in Utah State Code 53A-13-106.5.