Did you take a gun to school for a project?

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  1. Monkeybear

    Monkeybear Member

    Jan 27, 2006
    My high school had an air gun shooting team but the instructor was really weird and passive aggressive so no one really stayed on. They had a cool little range though.

    No, we never had guns at school because we couldn't even talk about guns. Or have a picture of a gun. Or anything possibly gun related. It was "Zero Tolerance" and there was no process. If a teacher saw something gun related you were expelled and had to go to an alternative school. We had kid arrested for general mall ninja talk in a public chat room, AT HOME. Apparently someone knew the kid talking about guns was in high school, freaked out, reported it and things escalated from there. He missed three days of school after that and came back pretty freaked. The police had leaned on him pretty hard and his parents even harder.
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  2. SeanSw

    SeanSw Member

    Mar 31, 2005
    No, but I brought a sword into school for a presentation. This would have been around 2000. I think I had to have it checked in and out at the office, but it was in my hands for the hour in between. It was a very real sword too, not the typical flea market junk most people come into contact with.
  3. theotherwaldo

    theotherwaldo Member

    Mar 30, 2008
    In the Wild Horse Desert of Texas
    I never took a complete and functional firearm to school until I entered college.

    I did take major components in to shop class to be bead-blasted, ground, hardened or tempered, and polished. I also fabricated hammers, triggers, sight-bases, and other small parts in shop class. I even took a muzzle-loader barrel in to have it drilled and tapped for target-shooting sight mounts.

    I also took non-functional guns to school as stage props.

    Later, in college, I took various guns in to fire on the ROTC range - and no, I wasn't in ROTC.

    As an aside, a community college that I was involved in constructed a gunsmithing wing, complete with equipment and full staffing for fabricating and finishing fine firearms. Classes had actually begun before it was pointed out that the school's charter banned firearms and components from the campus.

  4. Nom de Forum

    Nom de Forum Member

    Sep 22, 2008
    No, I never took a gun to school.

    I made a gun in school.

    In High School Metal Shop we all had a sand casting project to do, so I cast a small bronze cannon that shoots a .451 caliber lead ball with 30grs of FFFg. Of course that was back in the days when we thought IBM Selectric typewriters and touch-tone phones were high-tech, and nobody even imagined Columbine-type incidents were a possibility.
  5. JRH6856

    JRH6856 Member

    Dec 5, 2011
    Flower Mound, TX
    Still, incidents happened and people who experienced them knew they were possible, but back then we didn't have the internet to publicize them so widely or so quickly.
  6. lopaka

    lopaka Member

    Dec 2, 2011
    West Texas - 1970.

    I was on the school ROTC rifle team. The range was under the football stadium and you could hear the reports in the stands when we practiced. This is a time when they were selling Spanish war surplus 7mm mausers stacked in barrels at Kmart (I bought one) and brought it to school to show to my ROTC instructors - no fuss.

    When prepping on the weekend before the prom every year, folks would come in fresh from hunting and stack arms in the corner of the cafeteria. I still remember a particularly gorgeous Marlin 30-30 with beautiful wood.

    I mourn the loss of freedom and responsibility. Are we any safer or better for it?
  7. mnhntr

    mnhntr Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    I was class of 89 and in my freshman and sophomore year I shot in our trap and skeet club. We reloaded with our coach who was a science teacher in the classroom after class. We also could have our shotguns in our trucks or cars in the parking lot locked up.
  8. jenrob

    jenrob Member

    Dec 18, 2007
    Eastern Oregon
    I thought a lady up the street was pretty sophisticated. She has a crystal with a silver tip on it that she dialed her rotory phone with.
  9. Welding Rod

    Welding Rod Member

    Mar 23, 2008
    In college in CA in the mid 80s my AR15A2 carbine that made it to campus a few times, uncased - I didn't own a case back then. Once it was used for a "show N tell" in a college class by a female cadet friend of mine. Nobody got bent that I was aware of, but we did have an active Army ROTC program there and she and I may have both been recognized as cadets. I don't remember her being in uniform for the show N tell, but that was a long time ago.
  10. matrem

    matrem Member

    Jul 8, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Freshman year 77.
    A buddy & I asked our shop teacher if we could work on our gun stocks in "free time". After a yes, my buddy, I, & several others had firearms in the industrial arts section of the high school.
    Some were nothing but stripped stocks, but half, or even most were complete firearms. (nobody got hurt!)

    A couple years later, my brother got permission from his english/ public speaking teacher, and next thing we know, he & I are loading our smallest loading bench into dads F 150 and unloading it at the basement drop off of the high school.

    I got to see the eyes of those 15-16 year olds when he showed them just how simple loading .223 was.

    Whatever is steering us off of that path,
    Is going the wrong way.
  11. slickracer

    slickracer Member

    Jan 4, 2013
    Heck, we brought our deer rifles and put on a drive behind the school.
  12. BaltimoreBoy

    BaltimoreBoy Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    Never did it.

    I did consider taking a flintlock from about 1820 for an historical 'show & tell' to my daughter's little Montessori school early in the last decade, I thought it would probably be legal. But finally I decided it just wasn't worth the trouble and the risk of some ignoramus freaking out.

    Oddly, a couple of years later on the campus of the University I was attending there was a big froo-fraw when some professor brought a flintlock musket and some goofball reported inaccurately that there was a 'gunman' on campus. Don't these people even watch movies like the Patriot? Gotta look out for those flintlock speed shooters I suppose. Military rifles & all of that.
  13. tomrkba

    tomrkba Member

    May 30, 2010
    Yes, in 1986 I took a Remington 1100 to high school to do a gun safety presentation for speech class.
  14. MTMilitiaman

    MTMilitiaman Member

    Apr 28, 2005
    Missoula, Montana
    I graduated from high school in my small MT town in 2001. Not only did hunting rifles continue to be carried in vehicles on school grounds by both students and facility, despite the federal memos after Columbine, but my high school physics teacher actually brought a Ruger Mini-30 to class as part of a physics experiment.

    As an interesting side note, not one drop of blood was spilled or was anyone tragically scarred.
  15. Hardtarget

    Hardtarget Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Nashville, Tn.
    Yes I did! !968. I was a senior and had a speech class. We were given a "demonstration" speech assignment.
    My dad, the teacher, and the principal talked and I showed how to field strip a Ruger .22 standard semi auto.

    I was very surprised to get the OK for that one.

  16. DammitBoy

    DammitBoy Member

    Mar 19, 2009
    Atlanta, GA
    From '74-'78 brought my rifle to high school every Wednesday for rifle team practice.
  17. FROGO207

    FROGO207 Member

    Dec 7, 2008
    Mount Desert Island Maine
    '74-'76 I also brought my own rifle to rifle club to practice. Was on the ROTC rifle team back then. Also built things firearm related in shop class. Stocks/cannons and a small single shot break open derringer. Also there were numerous rifles in racks in PU trucks in the parking lot of the high school. I left my rifle in my locker almost daily with a brick of ammo and NOTHING was ever said about it.:) Sad how the sheep are reacting these days.:banghead:
  18. Captcurt

    Captcurt Member

    Aug 9, 2010
    Ozark Mountains of Arkansas
    Lucky to live in Arkansas.

    I was raised in a small town of maybe 200 people. The 3 room grade school was a 200 yard walk from the house. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades in one room, 4th, 5th, and 6th in one and a large kitchen/cafateria. Many times I took a gun to school where my teacher would put in the corner until school was out and then he would take me hunting with him and his oldest son. In high school everyone had a gun rack in the back window of their pickup. I don't remember ever having an issue concerning theft or possession. Back then you walked anywhere, anytime without worry. Now I am armed when I go to church. My, how times have changed.
  19. Arizona_Mike

    Arizona_Mike Member

    Feb 15, 2013
    My late wife was less than 2 years older than I and kids in highschool and Jr. high used to leave their rifles in the principal's office and hunt on the way home in VT.

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  20. X hunter

    X hunter Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Christmas Fl.
    I graduated in 82 and brought my anschutz 1413 everyday during rifle season. We also kept hunting rifles in our lockers. Everybody that's saying "it was really just the stock in wood shop" think about the kids that get thrown out of school for pop tarts shaped like a gun.
  21. hartcreek

    hartcreek member

    Jan 19, 2014
    My father taught woodshop and yes some students brought in stocks to work on. One wood shop project was building a crossbow.
  22. donjr5

    donjr5 Member

    Mar 25, 2010
    Not for a project...always had the 20ga on the rack in the truck.
    The Biology teacher would let you bring in your catch of the day to "dissect" for the class in the lab. Usually brought a few extra birds or bunnies for her to take home for supper
  23. Salmoneye

    Salmoneye Member

    Jan 26, 2012
    The West Coast Of New England
    In 8th grade (mid 70's) I had to give an 'oral presentation'...The topic I chose was how to clean a rifle...

    Took an old Winchester .22 and got an A...

    All through grade school, we were allowed to take our guns to school in order to hunt our way home 'cross-lots'...

    All we had to do was stop at the office, and leave our guns behind the principals desk...
  24. gunsablazin

    gunsablazin Member

    Jun 6, 2011
    I'm 50, and back in the "good 'ol days" my younger brother bought a 20g shotgun from our social studies teacher, and we took it home on the bus, it was in a case, and we had no shells, but still you'd never do that today!
  25. sgt127

    sgt127 Member

    Apr 29, 2003
    Yup. Late 70's in Dallas Texas. Private school. I did a demontration on how to properly clean a .22 rifle. Brought a Ruger 10-22 with me. I was told to clear it with the Principal who told me "make sure its unloaded, OK?"

    I tell my kids all the time, if you did what I did, you would be on a watch list. And, for the time, I didn't do anything bad at all.

    On the bright side, where I live now, one of my sons friends found a pocket knife in his backpack. Walked up to the teacher, handed it to her and said "Sorry, forgot I had this." She dropped it in her drawer and told him to get it after school. Thats the way its supposed to work.
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