QOM – November Posted October 30, 2016 by NationalSAVE

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weaponDuring November the focus is on weapon safety. Do students at your school know what is considered a weapon? Why do you think students bring weapons to school?

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  • melquan cromedy February 12, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Everyone at my school knows what a weapon is from social media, t.v. and books. I think students still bring weapons to school cause they think its going to keep them safe or they just want to show it off in school cause they think its cool.

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  • Jordan German November 24, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    All the students in our school knows what a weapon is because of tv, social media, and the different events we set for students to come that is about gun violence. But i think students still bring weapons to school cause they think its going to keep them safe or they just want to show it off in school cause they think its cool. But some kids in our school always carry guns around cause they are in gangs that sell drugs and do other illegal things.

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  • Taleek Harlee November 11, 2016 at 9:47 pm

    Student’s at my school know what is considered to be a weapon. I would say that all of the surrounding schools in my area know what a weapon is, because our SAVE Chapter stop at our local schools and educate them on weapon safety. A weapon doesn’t always have to be a gun. Student’s bring guns to school for a number of reasons. I think students bring weapons to school to feel safe from other students.

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  • Marjorie lam November 2, 2016 at 9:46 pm

    In the world we live in today, students learn at a young age what a weapon is and what it is capable of doing. Weapons are any objects that can be used to harm others. Unfortunately, with the amount of bullying there is, some student may feel obligated to bring a weapon to school for self defense. Although school Is generally a safe environment, they are no longer under school supervision when getting off the school bus, riding home, walking home.. Some students believe owning a weapon is “cool” not realizing the extremity of harm that these weapons can inflict if in the wrong hands.
    Almost anything can be considered a weapon. Baseball players bring a bat to school. Isn’t that capable of being used at a weapon? It depends solely on the responsibility of the holder and the decisions he/she makes.

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  • Kaitlyn Wade August 11, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    The word ‘Weapon’ carries many intentions, good and bad.
    One may use a baseball bat to defend themselves.
    Another may use it to weasel money out someone.
    The controversy to it all is a mile wide blurred line, it’s not a cut clean statement or justification easily.
    Students at my school do understand the concept of a weapon is an object used to harm an individual in offence.
    Some these children use weapons to; intimidate others, threaten, and create an advantage against other people.
    However some of the students use them to defend themselves; I mean not every public and non-public is safe, and in defense to the chance of a bully with a threatening and intimidating weapon a kid may have a weapon, or someone very young who may not even know what’s a weapon and what’s not.

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  • Mamie Frank March 8, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    A weapon is any object used to harm another person. Students at my school know what a weapon is, but bring some to school regardless. They feel that they won’t be caught, even though a few admit that they have no use of the weapon on campus. Our school needs to educate students on the consequences of bearing a weapon on campus. We are hoping to have a guest speaker attend our school and lecture on the effects of weapons held on campus.

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  • Larissa wilson March 8, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Students at my school definantly know what weapons are. I for one think students bring weapons to school to let all their anger out on the ones around them. They as well bring them to school because it’s considered “cool” to have something as dangerous as that at school.

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  • Rose Le December 29, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    A weapon can be anything, our students at Biloxi High are very well aware of that due to signs and word. The majority of students bring weapons such as knives and lighters for alternative uses; others may bring it simply to protective themselves in the case of violence. All students are aware of our no weapon policy; however, because they bring these things for alternative purposes, they may not even be aware they have just broken the no weapon policy. A way to fix this is to continue to penalize those caught with weapons accordingly.

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  • Victoria Chang December 1, 2015 at 2:13 am

    I think most students at my school are aware of what is considered to be a weapon. A weapon is an instrument or device that is used to intentionally harm someone. In conclusion to that, practically anything can be a weapon! I think students bring weapons to school because they want to feel safe, think it is cool, plan to hurt or threaten others, etc. Overall, I think many events spark/lead up to a horrific, traumatic crisis that cannot be undone or reversed.

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  • Maggie Adams November 16, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    I believe students at my school are not aware of our school’s policy on weapons or what our school considers a weapon to be. Nationwide, 5.2% of students had carried a weapon, such as a gun, knife, or club within the last 30 days to school (CDC National Youth Risk Behavior Survey). I believe one of the main reasons students bring weapons to school is to deal with issues they are having with bullies, gangs, drugs, or just for acts of aggression towards their peers. Students believe violence can solve their problems, so they turn towards weapons. If students can be informed about their schools policies on weapons and encourage students to turn towards more healthy actions when dealing with their problems, then we can makes schools a safer place.

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  • Jordan German November 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    All the students in our school knows what a weapon is because of tv, social media, and other things. But i think students still bring weapons to school cause they think its going to keep them safe or they just want to show it off in school cause they think its cool. But some kids in our school always carry guns around cause they are in gangs that sell drugs and do other illegal things.

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  • Kaleigh Wright November 15, 2015 at 8:30 pm

    I’m sad to say there are few kids at my school who probably don’t know what a weapon truly is. There are usually exceptions to the majority, and sadly this case applies with some kids thinking that a weapon means just a gun or knife. Students most likely bring weapons to school because they feel that is the best solution to safety. The student may be getting bullied, harassed, and more in a way that makes them feel as if the school isn’t keeping them safe enough so they decide to take the situation into their own hands. But, weapons and violence are never the answer if a student doesn’t feel completely safe they should immediately go to an adult for help.

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  • Sarah November 15, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    I believe that most of my school knows the basics about weapon safety or what some weapons are. I also think that our save group at the school can show the students other forms of weapons besides the usual (gun, knife, and bomb). We don’t always think of the not so usual weapons, not many people would think that your words could actually be considered a weapon on others. You could have a huge impact on their life’s guy what you say to them now. Now on to the weapon safety with guns and knives. I have never personally witnessed someone bring one to school. I have heard many stories about it though. I think that sometimes the students may get scared of another and feel like that’s the way out. We need to show others that’s not the only ways to handle things at school. We need to show them if they have a problem they can come to us for help!

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  • Haley Abernathy November 8, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    The students at our school do know what is considered a weapon. This is reviewed during the first week of school every year to ensure that all students know what can and can not be brought onto school grounds. A student that brings a weapon to school may be worried about being physically harassed. The weapon is considered as protection against their aggressors. It is the job of SAVE clubs towards making school environments safe and comfortable for all students so that these kinds of situations do not occur.

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  • Jenny Suwanmanee November 6, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    I think that the majority of the students at my school know what is considered as a weapon; however, there are still quite a handful of students that do not. Most students just consider a gun and knife as weapons. However, there are many more objects that can be considered as a weapon and should not be brought to school. Most students don’t realize that other simple objects can also be considered a weapon. I believe the reason students bring weapons to school is because they don’t feel safe in their school environment. Unless a student has an illness in some way, the majority of students who go about their life in school generally do not bring dangerous weapons to school unless they believe that they are in danger. Many encounters that deal with students bringing weapons to school usually has to deal with the students being bullied and those who feel insecure about themselves. These students then feel the need to “ensure” their safety by bringing weapons to school.

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  • Joanne Saunders November 4, 2015 at 11:37 pm

    At our elementary school,our students have either witnessed or experienced being threatened or even attacked with other,perhaps unimaginable weapons. Have you ever considered any of the following as actual “weapons” before?
    Marbles, rulers, protractors,rubber bands, tiny stones,tacks, dart guns, scissors(for art), sewing needles,pencils with extra sharp points,ink pens, and for cyber-bullying I-phones,Smartphones,and tablets. When our chapter member speak to our students in K-3rd grades,these are the “weapons” they fear the most at school.

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  • Gabrielle, Laney High School November 2, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    I do not think that every student at my school knows exactly what is considered a weapon and what is not. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, a weapon is “something (such as a gun, knife, club, or bomb) that is used for fighting or attacking someone or for defending yourself when someone is attacking you”. There are several reasons as to why students bring weapons to school. Some examples I have personally seen or have heard about during my time in public school include, a student in middle school bringing a box cutter to school because he was fearful of a student that was bullying him on the school bus, high school students bringing weapons to school to use in fights, and bullies bringing weapons to school as a means of intimidation. By discouraging fighting and aggressive behavior in our schools as well as bullying, I believe that we could greatly reduce the amount of weapons that find their way into our schools each year.

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