D.A.R.E. program tells kids to resist violence and drugs, with a Black Hawk.
Black Hawk War Machine
Sends What Message?
Lewiston-Altura Intermediate School
April 14, 2005
5th and 6th graders were told helicopter is used to fight crime, drugs and terrorism.
This is a visual representation of the event. It is not meant to be complete, but rather a glimpse of the moment.
Please allow time for images to load. Best viewed with hi-speed connection.
11 images. © 2005 CircleVision.org. All rights reserved.
<< back
Note the slogan on the DARE flag. We wonder how a military Black Hawk helicopter represents the rejection of violence?
Diane and Michael of the Winona Catholic Worker pointing out the slogan on the Sheriff's car-"To Resist Drugs and Violence".
The UH-60A Black Hawk is the Army's primary utility/assault helicopter. It can perform a wide array of missions, to include air cavalry, electronic warfare, and aeromedical evacuation. In air assault operations it can move a squad of eleven combat troops and equipment or carry the 105-mm. M102 howitzer, thirty rounds of ammunition, and a six-man crew. The Black Hawk is equipped with advanced avionics and electronics. Source: U.S. Army Fact File.
NOTE: the two standard 7.62 mm front machine guns have been removed from this craft. Nor are the optional front cannon or side door mounted 60 mm machine guns installed.
The Black Hawk's pilot. He told the kids NO ONE was to talk when he was speaking, unless HE asked a question. He didn't ask any questions. The captain explained how the air craft was used in Minnesota to fight crime, drugs and terrorism. He failed to mention the violent solution to problems it represents to kids in Colombia and Iraq.
The helicopter's crew chief. He had fun in explaining the Black Hawk and the gear he wore with a lot of interaction with the kids. He connected well with them and ended his half-hour talk with about five minutes why they should stay off drugs. He didn't mention violence. Nor did he mention joining the Army, but he sure made it look like alot of fun.
Programs like D.A.R.E. to educate and keep kids off drugs and to reject violence are good. But are anti violence and drug programs best represented by war toys? School administrators, when contacted, rejected the idea the Black Hawk represented a violent solution to problems to 5th and 6th graders in other parts of the world.
<< back

| CircleVision Home |

IMAGES ©MMV CircleVision.org. All rights reserved.

| Contact |