Weapon Safety

  Many weapons, not just firearms, are discovered on school campuses every year. Do students at your school know what is considered a weapon? Each state has a specific definition of what is considered a weapon and what the consequences are for bringing a weapon on campus. November is a great time to remind students of your school’s weapon policies and the consequences for bringing weapons on campus.

Crime Prevention Activities

  • Conduct a skit or puppet show at local elementary schools to exemplify Ernie’s Weapon Safety Rules (SAVE Ernie the Elephant Color Book).
  • Conduct a weapons safety awareness campaign. Make announcements stating weapon violence statistics. Create posters listing weapon rules and consequences to display around campus (SAVE Essentials, Crime Prevention – 17).
  • Invite your SRO to be a guest speaker at a meeting to share with members types of weapons that have been found on campus, what is considered a weapon, and the consequences for bringing a weapon on campus (SAVE Essentials, Crime Prev.-13).
  • Work with your SRO to sponsor a “Turn in a Weapon – No Questions Asked” program at your local police department.

Conflict Management Activities

  • Create a “What Would You Do?” sheet informing students of how to report someone who has a weapon or is planning a violent act.
  • Sponsor a “Decorate-a-Door” contest on ways to handle stress or manage anger for homeroom classes.
  • Invite an Allstate Agent to a meeting to discuss how a vehicle can be a dangerous weapon.
  • Use physical education classes to demonstrate healthy ways exercise can be used to release anger and stress.

Service Project Activities

  • Host a story hour at the local library or at a domestic violence shelter and read Ernie the Elephant learns about…Weapon Safety to children (SAVE Ernie the Elephant Color Book).
  • Sponsor a fund-raiser to purchase a metal detector for local law enforcement to use at ball games or other school events.
  • Sponsor a “First Aid” event where students learn first aid techniques and participate in simulation activities that would prepare students to help others in situations of need.
  • Encourage your safe schools committee to review the schools crisis response plan with SAVE members to update and clarify plan.
  • Host a violent toy trade-in providing peaceful toys in exchange.