No one should bring a gun
or weapon to school. But sometimes, students might bring guns, knives, or other weapons
to school for attention, to protect themselves, or to threaten or harm others.
If someone tells you they have a gun or weapon or shows it to you:
Get away from the person quickly and quietly.
Tell an adult you trust immediately. If you can't find a teacher, parent, coach,
or other adult, call 911. Give as many details as you can such as what you saw, what
type of weapon it was (a knife, a gun, etc.), where the incident happened, and who
Tell them about the situation — such as whether the weapon was being shown
off or used to threaten another student.
Will Someone Know if I Tell That They Have a Gun/Weapon?
Your school counselor, principal, teacher, or coach should know how to handle the
situation without using your name. If you are still worried that someone will find
out, call 911 and ask them to keep your identity confidential. Or, make an anonymous
phone call to your school office and report the incident.
Remember, you may save a life by reporting that someone is carrying a gun.
The Warning Signs of Violence
Violence comes in many different forms and doesn't always involve a weapon. Violence
can be physical, like pushing, punching, or fighting with someone. It also can be
psychological and might involve name-calling, harassment, taunting, and other forms
People who are more likely to become violent may show some of these warning signs:
cruelty to pets and other animals
talking about weapons and violence
fascination with violent video games, TV shows, and movies
Of course, these signs don't necessarily mean that a person will become violent
or bring a weapon to school. Still, you should take all signs and threats seriously,
and share your concerns with a responsible adult early on. Speaking up about violence
and weapons in school not only protects you, but your friends and classmates too.