Saturday, September 25, 2004

6th graders get military training

A friend of mine from the Upper Pennisula in Michigan - a Yooper - pointed me towards this article (look in local news for Thursday) in the local paper with the headline "Sixth Graders Learn Fitness, Military Skills". Quoting from the article:

"he stations include fitness training such as running, push-ups and sit-ups, along with more advanced military procedures such as grenade launching....

Across the field, Cadet Rebecca Boyce leads a group of marchers into a rhythmic chant. "I want to hurt someone! I want to kill someone!" her diminutive ranks shout at full decibels.

Boyce approves. "You guys are naturals," she says.

One of the most strenuous exercises is known as the buddy team rush. Under a simulated barbed-wire fence, the students crawl on their backs, holding plastic guns."

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