Thank you for being open with them and sharing in their excitement.
I take it you are located in a suburban or rural area to hear from numourus students?
I can remember back when I was in school (over 40yeas ago) and their would be those that told of shooting a dozen or more times and getting nothing and never a story about how hard and long they looked after shooting.
Back when I first. Started to hunt out west I was told by one of the locals when I asked about all the hunters sitting in their vehicles out in the hills, he said that some of them shoot at anything and if it doesn't drop DRT they will not even go look
So, it's a sad thing, but it's really not all that new. I want to believe we firearms safety instructors throughout the nation help curb those unethical practices.