Gun threats

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  1. RussianBlueMommy

    RussianBlueMommy Comrade

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    Has anyone had their campus shut down for a day due to a supposedly "joking" gun threat? We did several days ago, a student in one of the classes (high school) came into the room one day (not my room). Evidently he said loudly "You fools better not come to school tomorrow, it's gonna go down in here with justice from my gun".
    The student was arrested and school was shut down for that day and the next :/ In this case, I guess it turned out he was "joking" and cleared.

    This is a crazy, scary world we are living in!
     
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  3. a2z

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    No. Our district doesn't close for those things. They send extra forces to help secure the school.
     
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    We closed for a bomb threat one day. They needed to search and secure the school.
     
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    A threat of a gun in student possession would bring the police and security into play, for sure. That would be considered a terroristic threat and taken very seriously. Closed a second day? Maybe, if there was a real possibility that there could be other students in on the plan. Let go as "joking"? Not a snowballs chance in ____. That simply is no joking matter.
     
  6. Ima Teacher

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    We had several students make threats against the school via social media one evening. School went on as planned the next day with a HUGE presence of administrators. The students were arrested before they ever made it to school. All of them spent a long time in custody and were placed in home-bound instruction the following school year. Those were 7th graders.

    We had two incidents this year with high school kids calling in active shooter 911 calls during school. They were arrested as well. These kids seem to think nobody can trace calls or social media. :rolleyes:
     
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    A high school in my region had an actual gun found in a student's locker. One of my students is very close friends with the perpetrator, and the focus of her anger is not at him for messing up so badly, but with their mutual friend who posted about the gun on social media.

    That gun was an actual threat, but I have no idea what the threat was to the student who had it.
     
  8. Teacher234

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    Reading this makes me a little bit scared, however, teaching elementary constantly reassures me that threats like those mentioned above are very unlikely.
    When I taught high school in the late 90s (1998-1999, 1999-2000), I only had to deal with one threat. A student threatened to harm another student, but was immediately suspended.
     
  9. vickilyn

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    Well, young age is no guarantee that you are safe. Granted, I live in the NJ/NY area, but we have seen students as young as age 6 bring guns loaded with ammo in their back-packs. More than once! We have also seen credible threats from students in grades 4-6. They tend to make bomb threats, sharing the threats in notes or written in the bathrooms. I have had to evacuate the building, leaving everything in the building. Smart teachers ALWAYS grab their purses or at least their keys before evacuating.
     
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    We had a lockdown a couple years ago due to a student bringing a gun.
    Preschool - 6th grade primary school
     
  11. Teacher234

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    That is terrifying. I will say that my district and location is very safe and has an extremely small record for threats (I think 2 in the last 10 years).
     

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