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.
- Weapon Safety Public Service Announcement – Created by 2011-12 SAVE Youth Advisory Board
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.