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Home-schooled children being taught to fire GUNS: Father-of-four invents his own curriculum - covering Cryptocurrency, the Black Panthers, and how to handle an UZI

The home-schooled children who learn how to shoot guns

  • Derrick Grace, from Florida, teaches daughter Derrica, six, how to use guns
  • Father-of-four launched own curriculum after pulling son out of first grade
  • He says he teaches children about guns as violence happens anywhere in world  

Six-year-old Derrica Grace has never been to school, but she can discuss Cryptocurrency, explain the history of the Blank Panther movement -  and show you how to shoot an Uzi machine gun.

It's all thanks to her father, Derrick Grace II – who has developed his own homeschooling curriculum after making the decision to pull his son out of first grade in 2016.

The father-of-four, from Tampa, Florida says that he's not a fan of the school system - and believes they 'dilute the mental progression' of children.

However, he has attracted controversy online after posting a series of videos online showing his daughter Derrica and son Derrick Grace III loading guns and reciting facts learned from their homeschool experience.

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Derrick Grace II - pictured with children Derrica, six, (front) and one-year-old daughters Melanin and Malaya - has developed his own homeschooling curriculum 

Derrick Grace II - pictured with children Derrica, six, (front) and one-year-old daughters Melanin and Malaya - has developed his own homeschooling curriculum 

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Meet the homeschooled kids who shoot to kill
He continued: [My] curriculum includes guns because violence can take place anywhere in the world at any given moment. 

'I'm a firm believer that if you have guns in your house, an educated mind is far greater than a wondering mind.'

Derrica, six, is fully versed in how to load and shoot Glocks, Mac 11s, and even an Uzi (pictured)

Derrica, six, is fully versed in how to load and shoot Glocks, Mac 11s, and even an Uzi (pictured)

Both Derrick Jr, nine, and Derrica, six, are fully-versed in loading magazines into Glocks, Mac 11s, and even an Uzi, fully extending their arms, and pulling the triggers.

Although the children usually practice with empty magazines, they have accompanied their father to shooting ranges to experience the recoil that comes with actually firing rounds.

Since taking his children's schooling into his own hands, Derrick has had an obvious effect on their development.

Derrica, who also enjoys gymnastics and has a 'lucky bullet' displayed in her room, said: 'If somebody was trying to kill me or if somebody is trying to kill my father, or my mom, or my sisters, anybody that's my family members, [I would] shoot them. If somebody broke into my house I'd shoot them.'

The siblings make use of their father's small arsenal of five guns, which at one time comprised 12 firearms and now includes a Glock 30 nicknamed 'Big Black' and an AK47 affectionately known to its owner as 'Brown Sugar'. 

Derrick says it is important for his children to know how to use guns because 'violence can take place anywhere in the world' at 'any given moment' 

Derrick says it is important for his children to know how to use guns because 'violence can take place anywhere in the world' at 'any given moment' 

For Derrick, this is all an important part of his curriculum and bringing his children up in a way that shuns much of society's traditions and customs, so as to gain what he says is a more individualistic perspective on life.

He now spreads a message of self-sufficiency, and has built a business around his 'Unlearn and Relearn' curriculum, which is available for others to purchase, alongside a range of books containing guidance for adults.

 'It's built on four elements: self-love, self-education, self-awareness, and self-reliance. I think those are key to live a mentally free and fruitful life,' he explained. 

It's not just guns that are on the curriculum, however, as proved when asking Derrica to recite facts. 

Questioned what intellectual property is, she responded confidently with: 'They can take your possessions, but they can't take your mind.'

Derrica (pictured) is also well-versed in subjects such as Cryptocurrency and the Blank Panther movement

Derrica (pictured) is also well-versed in subjects such as Cryptocurrency and the Blank Panther movement

Her father has taught her how to load magazines into various guns, and how to shoot them

Her father has taught her how to load magazines into various guns, and how to shoot them

Derrick is open about his troubled upbringing, where, despite coming from a family with a strong history in law enforcement, his day-to-day life involved breaking into houses and cars, and generally rebelling against a school system he felt neglected his particular talents.

'I was a terrible child,' he explained. 'At Christmas time we would cut Christmas lights just for the hell of it, to ruin people's holiday. I know I broke into at least 20 cars as a child… we would just go in these guy's houses and sit there and just go through their stuff.'

The entrepreneur - whose own father is a Secret Service retiree and whose grandfather worked as part of both a Sherriff's office and the Tampa PD, would continue to get into trouble into his teens - before starting work as a 911 dispatcher in 2008.

Despite this seemingly respectable job, he still found himself getting into trouble in his personal life, at one point being involved in a fight at a children's birthday party, where his assailants attempted to steal thousands of dollars worth of his jewellery.

Reflecting on the incident, Derrick recalled how he used the services available to him as a 911 dispatcher to track down the people from that day: 'I used some of my resources to find addresses, locations, names of almost everybody in that family.

Derrick began developing his own homeschooling curriculum after making the decision to pull his son out of first grade in 2016

Derrick began developing his own homeschooling curriculum after making the decision to pull his son out of first grade in 2016

However, videos shared online showing Derrica shooting a gun has sparked controversy

However, videos shared online showing Derrica shooting a gun has sparked controversy

Derrick has launched his own curriculum for other parents to follow, which is available for others to purchase

Derrick has launched his own curriculum for other parents to follow, which is available for others to purchase

'I found them eight months later. My AK47, that was my weapon of choice that day. But we ended up robbing them, taking everything he had, making him take some articles of clothing off. My goal that day was just to belittle him as best I could.

'I have evolved I am a different person now, but I wouldn't change anything. I think respect is a huge thing.'

He recalls how, during these troubled years, he would have bought a Bazooka rocket launcher if he could have afforded it: 'Just to say I got the biggest gun in Tampa.'

Referring to the incident at the children's party, he said: 'When there was like 30 of them, I definitely would have just used the Bazooka and just blew the whole parking lot up.'

However, Derrick says that this is all part of a past he has made real efforts to leave behind. 

The father-of-four admits that he himself had a troubled upbringing while growing up 

The father-of-four admits that he himself had a troubled upbringing while growing up 

After losing his job as a 911 dispatcher in 2012, due to taking time off on a holiday and allegedly mishandling a 911 call, he decided to try to make a more positive impact and became a mentor to young people.

He has since spoken at numerous schools and juvenile corrections facilities throughout Hillsborough County in Tampa, and now shares his knowledge with a much larger demographic, travelling the US with Derrick III and Derrica, as well as his two one-year-old daughters.

Of course, homeschooling helps him to make his own schedule, which in turn allows him to bring his children on stage at events around the country and showcase the results of his own brand of education.

Homeschooled children in the United States account for a very small number of overall students, with just 3.3 percent of students between 5 and 17 being taught at home for the year 2015-16, according to data released by the Department of Education last September.

But while a 2012 report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) showed parents were homeschooling mainly out of concern for their children's safety or to help them avoid temptations such as drugs, Derrick's decision to keep his children out of school comes from his personal philosophy of self-actualisation.

Derrick, who is also now an entrepreneur, says his biggest aim is to teach his children to be self-sufficient

Derrick, who is also now an entrepreneur, says his biggest aim is to teach his children to be self-sufficient

'My biggest aim is I want them to be self sufficient,' he explained. 'I think it's 100 percent unfair to raise our kids to be dependent on us until 16, and then force them to be dependent on strangers until they're 70.'

While distrust of 'the system' plays a big role in Derrick's overall project, safety is still a big concern for the Tampa native – which is why he chooses to focus so heavily on gun education and making sure his children can defend themselves.

As with so many cities in the modern United States, Tampa has experienced its own issues with guns and gun violence in recent times.

Just last year, the city's Seminole Heights neighbourhood was rocked by the indiscriminate shootings of four separate residents who were seemingly targeted for nothing more than being out in public.

It took 51 days before the first arrest was made in the case, during which time, residents were advised not to leave their houses alone.

However, videos of daughter Derrica (pictured) and her brother online have sparked criticism from other parents 

However, videos of daughter Derrica (pictured) and her brother online have sparked criticism from other parents 

Derrica explains how if somebody tried to shoot her or her family, she would 'shoot them'
She says if someone tried to break in to her home, she would shoot them

Derrica explains how if somebody tried to kill her or her family, she would 'shoot them'

Derrick recalls the events well: 'The guy was just shooting random people for two months. Killed four people. By just popping out at night. No reason, no personality traits in common, no nothing. Just literally coming to the area and shooting at random people.

'It's a jungle outside. These people are at a place where have no moral compass, they're killing kids and all, they just don't care.'

There's no doubt the Derrick has come a long way from his days spent breaking into houses and cars, but he has had trouble escaping his complicated past.

In 2014, he was involved in an altercation with the mother and brother of his current partner, in which he ended up shooting at them both from a parked car, hitting the mother in the hand, and the brother in the arm. A three-year-old Derrica was in the back seat of the car at the time.

Resolute that the pair had started the confrontation, he explained how he warned the brother that if he opened the car door, he would use deadly force. 

Derrick says he thinks of schools as a 'day care centre', which is why he decided to take matters into his own hands 

Derrick says he thinks of schools as a 'day care centre', which is why he decided to take matters into his own hands 

 'I told him, "Listen, if you open the door I am going to kill you",' he said

'I just leaned out to the left and started firing out the passenger door, but because [her mother] jumped in the way, she had her hand up, so I ended up shooting her. She did lose a finger but they were able to put it surgically back on… and I ended up shooting him in the arm.'

Following the shooting, Derrick says the brother threatened to use his own gun. He continued: 'I'm like, "Go get it, let's have a shootout." But for a split second I forgot Derrica was in the car.

'I'm like, "Damn, I can't have a shootout. She's in the car"… he may not be a good aim. He may shoot wild and if something happened to her then I would have to go back home, retrieve something even bigger, and try to come back and kill everybody that's related to you.'

Derrick was not charged for the incident, and credits his dad's affiliation with the police as one of the factors that helped him to avoid any repercussions for the shooting, as well as Florida's infamous 'stand your ground' law.

Derrick says it is a 'necessity' for parents to take control of their children's education 

Derrick says it is a 'necessity' for parents to take control of their children's education 

He continued: 'A lot of people get so desensitised by movies, television, and music and they think that shooting is just like shooting on Grand Theft Auto. Absolutely not. It's a whole different experience when you smell somebody's flesh burning when you see the blood.'

Looking back, he is disappointed in the incident and says he wouldn't want anyone to mimic his actions, but maintains that he 'wouldn't change anything,' even having his daughter in the car.

'Had she not… seen somebody shot, I don't think she would be a strong as she is,' he said. 'I am pro-peace. I love people. I don't bother people. So, when people bother me, I take it real personal because I don't bother them.'

Derrick literally wears this mantra of hardship leading to personal strength on his face, where, among the dozens of facial tattoos, is inked a large 'ABC' for 'Adversity Builds Character'.

Derrica has never been to school, but can easily reel off facts on a range of subjects 

Derrica has never been to school, but can easily reel off facts on a range of subjects 

Derrick emphasises that safety is a big concern for him, which is why he teaches his children how to defend himself 

Derrick emphasises that safety is a big concern for him, which is why he teaches his children how to defend himself 

It's a philosophy that seems to fuel much of the no-nonsense material in his Unlearn and Relearn curriculum.

Derrick said: 'For anybody that said [you shouldn't give kids guns] I would tell them just, look at America. I don't watch the news, but social media tells me enough of what's going on out here and it's just too many random acts of violence.

'People could literally be like, "I'm gonna get a Cuban sandwich" and never come back home because somebody was just like, "I'm gonna randomly shoot up this sandwich shop".

'People are doing the most weirdest things, they're shooting up Walmarts, they're shooting up movie theatres, eateries. You can literally just go grab a soda and get shot in America.' 

 

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Comment by mr1stroke on February 2, 2018 at 3:05pm

nice discussion guys, but remember once kids are involve people will feel different, even if it was adults as long there are weapons involve many will be sensitive, so you guys may have the same concern but in different prospective between El-Bull  and rafael monzon  2 smart dudes in discussion thats what we need everyone can learn something

Comment by El-Bull on February 1, 2018 at 9:38pm

CARIBBEAN QUEEN  YEAH, WE KNOW!!!!

Comment by CARIBBEAN QUEEN on February 1, 2018 at 9:36pm

I COULD CARE LESS

Comment by El-Bull on January 31, 2018 at 9:07pm

rafael monzon you have faulty mind think-----being prey is being unprepared whereas as this father and his children are showing they are not prey, letting you know if you step their way, they are prepared. you don understand how they are showing you as a deterrence to not cross their line, but then again, you count on others while they are self sufficient

Comment by rafael monzon on January 31, 2018 at 4:49pm

EL BULL becoming prey is when you advertise your intent or potential. Which is why I think your misunderstanding my point as to what I was trying to say. When you openly show your hand who at the table is unprepared for you. If you give off signs while your playing your hand and someone at the table or maybe the next realize your winning because someone else is giving you signals as to when to move how they get to you is by picking off that person associated to you. Then you have no outside communication to warn you of potential threats. So if you keep looking at this person eventually they'll know how to stop you. If it seems like im talking in riddles maybe it's because I am but I take you for a smart dude and I'm sure you'll figure it out. By the way no racist mindset over here. I don't wear sunshade I like seeing  things in their natural color.

Comment by El-Bull on January 30, 2018 at 8:55pm

rafael monzon you're just as bad as the "WHITE" racist,  who teach their children the same thing this "BLACK" father is teaching his children, but hey, go ahead and apply the double standard while you and your children become prey.  

Comment by rafael monzon on January 30, 2018 at 5:33pm

I can't speak for how another is going to raise their young as long as it's the right way. But I will offer a critics POV THE photos of his young holding a firearm is not cool for social media. Before anybody jumps on me for what I'm saying hear me out. I don't look down on anybody for teaching their children how the world is. It's bad right now and looks like it's going to get worse. But posting this pic just put that child in harm's way. This photo shows the child holding a firearm knoweldgably which means they were taught how to use it as stated. You know and I hope not child welfare will be all over it they will come with police. Now I know the laws in Florida differ when it comes to gun control but we're talking about a photo of a minor. What this father may or may not have told his child (ren) May impact their thought as they are now being harmed and go into protect mode. Now I'm not saying this will or will not happen but as already targets why make the bullseye bigger? There are plenty of other ethnicities that teach their young how to use firearms I'm not never going to act like im oblivious to that but they don't display it in a manner that is going to draw attention to them that if we shot because we were in fear of our lives has any justification. Again I'm not criticizing the man for teaching his children anything I'm taking a stand for not being able to do something without it going public. To many hate groups around that know that it's not that hard to get a black man in trouble. You can be clearly walking to the store on your way home and get assaulted shot and killed and it was your fault. This is not me bashing this guy or anyone who agrees or disagree with the topic or anything mentioned and commented. This is about finding that angle where we can finally say hey there is a movement going on but which direction we are going to come from let's not publicize it to where we look like and always will look like the aggressors. Love me or hate me for what I said it's the truth. 

Comment by El-Bull on January 29, 2018 at 8:56pm

BIGUPS AND MUCH RESPECT TO THIS BROTHER.  all black families should be doing the same, take your children out of the school indoctrination system and relearn them of their worth, history and intelligence

Comment by mr1stroke on January 29, 2018 at 12:54pm
Bombahdrop we are dying by everything especially our own brother i rather take a chance on protection or ways to protect me and,mine
Comment by Bombahdrop on January 29, 2018 at 9:06am

It goes to show you humans have lost all love for thy neighbor and have lost their dog gone mind The world is full of hate. You live by the gun you will surely die by the gun, I verily assure you. when one of those babies accidently or intentionally discharges that firearm and kill somebody innocent they still wont learn.

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