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A boy at my sons HS was allowed to bring his rifle to school

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 For his final in English he had to write a paper and then give a presentation about a subject of his choice. He brought the rifle to show how he can break it down and put it back together. He also went over gun safety.

He met with the principal and his parents. They developed a safety plan. the principal escorted him from his car to his office. the gun styed in the office until it was time for him to give his report. then the principal escorted him to the classroom and remained in the room while he gave the report. When the gun was removed from the case they checked to make sure it was unloaded...3 times.

I am glad this happened. This is why I love our school.

by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:06 AM
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Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

 I should have been more clear.  There were no bullets on school ground.  And yes they checked and double chacled and triple checked to make sure the chamber was clear.

Quoting jhslove:

The OP didn't say there were no bullets, so I didn't realize that that was the case. It only said that they checked to make sure it was unloaded.

Quoting Javi05Eli07:

 

What exactly could go wrong with an unloaded rifle and no bullets?

 

 

jhslove
by Bronze Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:22 PM

A police officer would have been someone, armed and trained in gun use, who could have intervened in the case that someone got ahold of the gun who wasn't supposed to have it. Presumably the principal wasn't carrying his own weapon, right?

I also wrote that comment before I knew that there were no bullets in the gun.

Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting jhslove:

I think it would have been good to have a police officer in the room--I'm sure they could have found an officer who would have been willing to be there. Just in case something did go wrong...

 And what would a police officer in the room have done?

 


norahsmommy
by Bronze Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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If a gun is unloaded and no one in the building has bullets, it's not going to hurt anyone. Nothing will go wrong because there is no possibility of it going off. A gun is not going to jump out of someone's hands or off the table and start taking people out. It is an inanimate object that must be loaded and fired in order to cause damage. I used to be afraid of guns. I just had a fear of them because they seemed dangerous to me. I am not afraid any more. My husband and brother and all their friends are proficient in gun use, maintenance and safety. Once you have seen guns taken apart and cleaned and seen all their individual components and understand how they work, it's no longer scary. The only thing that is dangerous about them is stupid people doing stupid things with them. They cannot hurt anyone if proper safety precautions are met. There was nothing dangerous about the situation the op discribed.


Quoting ms-superwoman:


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 


Quoting ms-superwoman:


If there was ever a gun around my child without my permission or knowlegde. I'd be pissed and I would have the heads of every person who had a part in it. 


"the principal escorted him to the classroom and remained in the room while he gave the report"  I could really care less. How many principles are really trained in gun safety? I wouldn't say anymore than the average person. IMO It should have been AT LEAST a police officer, they are trained in gun safety. 




 The principal is trained in gun safety.  He is also a range officer.  The boys mom is a police officer.


They did nothing wrong so you would not get their heads.   You would be welcome to un-enroll your child though.  I believe there is an exemption about demonstrations.

Guns don't belong in school. We don't take drugs to school to teach kids to say no. If you want a gun and you want to teach your children to handle then that your business. But bringing them to school, is dangerious and way to many things could go wrong. I would never enroll my child to a school that would allow guns to be brought into a school in the first place. 


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by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:24 PM


Quoting autumn_dunlap:

I think it's awesome! Gun safety is something I think everyone should have knowledge of whether you own a gun or not. DH and I both own guns, I myself have a small .22 pistol and my husband has a rifle, shot gun and is looking for a new pistol. Our boys shoot a BB gun with us and are aware of gun safety. When my daughter gets old enough she will learn as well. One of my favorite quotes is

"If guns kill people, then...forks make people fat, pencils misspell words and cars make people drive drunk."

I say good job young man showing how to be responsible with his hobby!

Very good quote.

Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:26 PM

 My son was not in the class so i did not receive or see a letter or e-mail.  Our school has great communication with the parents so i am sure something was sent out to the sophmore class...all 20 of them.

As for the rest of the school, no one else knew.  Since the elementary wing is on the other side of the school they did not need to know. 

Quoting la_bella_vita:

 Did the other parents know the gun was coming in? I also have younger children, I may be overthinking this, lol. My oldest is only 5.

Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting la_bella_vita:

 I'm not sure how I feel about this.

 What exactly has you feeling uncomfortable?

 

 

Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM
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Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 

Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 

Quoting Sekirei:

 

Hey, I am pro own your own gun.. just not pro let your minor child bring the guns to school. I would have gone to the school district if I had found out.

Oddly enough, my husband is agreeing with me and he is weapons trained (military) and used to hunt with his father. That is a first...

  He's not the only one agreeing with you. My husband and I are both military weapons trained. We own and have conceal carry permits and I would not have been ok with this happening at my child's school.

 What exactly do you have an issue with?

   The only "safe" gun I want around my children is the one that I check.

 That is understandable.  So if you received the letter would you ask to be present and ask to check the chamber?  Would that make you feel more comfortable?  It is a small school and we have an open door policy for parents.

Sharkgirl7
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Good for him. I thought this would start off as a negative post and I'm glad it didn't. Where I grew up, the first year I went, kids came with rifles in their gun racks in their trucks cause after school, they would go hunting. It was normal! Then a new principal came and freaked out and then a year later, Columbine happened. Our new principal had issues with the fact that we had an armory on campus (we had a JROTC) but it was so monitored and had great security, you needed a tank to bust the door down. Plus, the ammo was always stored seperately from the guns. It is so frustrating the narrow minds of people now a days!

Godgaveme4
by Platinum Member on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:34 PM

 No the principal was not carrying his own weapon.

Quoting jhslove:

A police officer would have been someone, armed and trained in gun use, who could have intervened in the case that someone got ahold of the gun who wasn't supposed to have it. Presumably the principal wasn't carrying his own weapon, right?

I also wrote that comment before I knew that there were no bullets in the gun.

Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting jhslove:

I think it would have been good to have a police officer in the room--I'm sure they could have found an officer who would have been willing to be there. Just in case something did go wrong...

 And what would a police officer in the room have done?

 

 

 

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:35 PM
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Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 

   The only "safe" gun I want around my children is the one that I check.

 That is understandable.  So if you received the letter would you ask to be present and ask to check the chamber?  Would that make you feel more comfortable?  It is a small school and we have an open door policy for parents.

   Yes. I would want to be present and physically check the chamber myself in the office before it was brought to class. That would satisfy me enough to allow my child to observe the demonstration.

LoveOfWisdom
by on Jun. 29, 2012 at 12:36 PM
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I think that it really comes down to the region you live in.  In an area where guns and hunting are part of the norm it is ok.  South Central LA... probably not.  I'm sure they sent a notice home. ;)

Quoting Sekirei:


Quoting Godgaveme4:

 

Quoting Sekirei:

I honestly, would have been pissed, but, eh, glad the other kids enjoyed it

 Why would you have been upset?

because I don't think school is a place for guns. I don't like them and would have prefered advanced warning, so I could keep my child home that day.


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