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[[IThoughtItMeant Has nothing to do with Cartesian Geometry]].

A student brings a weapon to school. They may not necessarily use it against anybody, but even then you can expect somebody's parents to panic about what could have happened. This plot will rarely last longer than a single VerySpecialEpisode, and can focus on the incident, the following consequences, or a mix of each.

The person who brings the weapon is rarely a member of the core cast, since that would force the writers to come up with some way for them to [[StatusQuoIsGod get off scot-free]]. Unnamed background characters who attempt this are fair game for being caught and sent off to juvie, though. If they ''are'' a main character, expect for them to be gone from the show [[PutOnABus for a long time]].

Unfortunately, this can also be TruthInTelevision, as recent school shooting tragedies such as UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} have proven -- otherwise, schools wouldn't have metal detectors and X-ray scanners, and teachers wouldn't be issued kevlar vests. Of course, the real life portion of this is OlderThanTheyThink; the UsefulNotes/{{Columbine}} incident in 1999 was simply one of a handful of shootings that earned national attention. In his book ''Brain Droppings'', Creator/{{George Carlin}} refers to schoolyard deaths back in his childhood.

See Also: GunsInChurch.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''HigurashiNoNakuKoroNi'':
** In the last episode of the first season, [[spoiler:Ryuugu Rena brings a large billhook to school and rigs up an improvised explosive device for the purpose of holding the entire student body hostage. She did this to force the cooperation of the police, because they weren't taking her seriously when she tried telling them about an alien conspiracy to massacre the entire town.]]
** Throughout the series, Mion carries her gun to school and it isn't questioned at all. Turns out it's just an airsoft pistol. Would you [[MafiaPrincess question her]] anyway?
** Subverted during the first arc, where Keiichi looks for a weapon he can carry around school without raising questions. He settles on [[BatterUp a baseball bat]].
* In the first issue of ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'', Sousuke tries to bring his automatic sidearm to school on the first day. In public, without any attempt to hide it at all. Considering his background in the military, it's no wonder he doesn't see what the issue is. The teacher doing the bag check assumes it's a model, confiscating the thing and letting him off with a stern warning.
--> [[AbridgedSeries "It's been awhile since Columbine. It shouldn't be a problem."]]
* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno Gasai]], of ''MiraiNikki'', has no problem carrying a multitude of weapons with her wherever she goes, including knives, boxcutters, axes, needles...basically anything sharp she can carry around with her. [[AxeCrazy You would not believe the body count she's accumulated over the course of the series.]] Keep in mind that she's a middle-school-age girl [[LoveMakesYouCrazy doing it all out of love]].
* In ''MahouSenseiNegima'', Mana Tatsumiya is frequently seen with a gun of some sort in class, at least in the anime. It's never treated as odd and all she ever does with it is sit cleaning it or occasionally aim it at people to scare them. It's unlikely she actually brings ammo to class since you'd not want to try to clean a loaded gun. Of course, it could just be the general weirdness censor. They have a robot with obvious joints sitting right there in class too.... and no one asks.
** In the manga, she hides the guns better, although Setsuna carries a sword around literally ''all'' the time. Justified as both Mana and Setsuna are on the school's payroll, protecting it from malignant magical entities.
*** Setsuna hides her in a long bag, so most people just assumes she has a shinai or bokutō used for Kendo practice.
** And, of course, the WeirdnessCensor.
* Hiruma from ''{{Eyeshield 21}}'' regularly brings guns to school, and gets away with it because [[{{Blackmail}} he has dirt on the principal]] (and [[UpToEleven probably half of Japan]], by the look of things).
* ''Anime/AngelBeats'', almost everyone with a name carries a weapon in school at some point (a school in the afterlife, but still).
* At the beginning of ''MaiHiME'', one of Haruka's complaints against Mai was that she brought a sword to school. It was actually Mikoto's.
* The story of ''SaitamaChainsawShoujo'' centers around the main character bringing her chainsaw to school... and using it on ''everybody''.
* In ''Manga/{{Aphorism}}'', which takes place in a high school, most of the cast has some form of weapon...that they use to fight against the various monstrous things trying to kill them during the "God's Blight"s. The weapons are stored as characters somewhere on their bodies when not in use. For example:
** [[HeirToTheDojo Hirasawa Aira]] has a katana. [[WhipSword Chisato]] has two.
** Tatsumi [[DualWielding dual-wields]] halberds.
** Hokuto has a huge spear, complementing his twin, Nanto,'s shield.
** Noa uses a bow.
** Rokudou uses swords, either a {{BFS}} (as Inner!Rokudou) or two longsword-like objects.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A gun being brought into Tim Drake's (a.k.a Robin's) school drives the plot of the 1993 one-shot ''Franchise/{{Batman}}: Seduction of the Gun''. It was also the subject of a storyline in the regular ''[[ComicBook/RobinSeries Robin]]'' title.
* In ''ComicBook/UltimateSpiderMan'', NewTransferStudent Gwen Stacy sees Peter getting bullied and threatens the tormentors with a knife. She gets in deep trouble with the school for this, though she's soon allowed back in class after making an apology. (It helps that her dad's a police captain.) When her dad starts chewing her out for it, she shoots back that he never even bothered to ask her if she had justification.
* ''{{Transmetropolitan}}'' has a scene where Channon explains to Yelena that the first time she used a particular model of gun was to stop a classmate from raping a friend. While they were on the school bus. When Yelena meekly says that they checked for guns at her private school, Channon says, "So did mine. To make sure we had them."
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''TheBreakfastClub'', Brian is in detention for bringing a gun to school. [[spoiler:A flare gun that is.]] It was found out he brought it with him when [[spoiler:it went off in his locker.]]
* In ''Film/{{Heathers}}'', J.D. brings a revolver (loaded with blanks) to school and "shoots" two kids in the cafeteria. It gets PlayedForLaughs. Yeah... [[FunnyAneurysmMoment kind of says something about when the film was made]]. Of course, it also says something about its [[BlackComedy genre]].
* In ''Storm'', made in 1987, Booker threatens a fellow student ''at gunpoint'', and none of the witnesses so much as tell a teacher. [[spoiler: The gun was a water pistol loaded with ketchup, as the film predates the law requiring toy guns to look fake.]] A major plot point involves two main characters sneaking up and shooting each other with dart pistols every day.
* The original ending for ''Film/{{Saved}}'' called for [[AlphaBitch Hilary]] [[HolierThanThou Faye]] to [[VillainousBreakdown snap]], grab a rifle and shoot up [[HighSchoolDance her prom]] after [[spoiler:she got expelled]].
* In ''Film/{{Parenthood}}'', Kevin is at the top of a tower shooting at everyone in sight with an assault rifle in [[SteveMartin Gil]]'s second FlashForward to Kevin's college graduation.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* The climax of ''Literature/{{We Need To Talk About Kevin}}''. This one doesn't end well.
* In ''{{Pygmy}}'', the TeenSuperspy VillainProtagonist takes down a fellow student who shoots up the ModelUnitedNations meeting. The fallout from this incident, with Pygmy becoming a hero in the media and at school, [[spoiler:causes him to start doubting his mission to destroy America.]]
* The protagonist of ''Literature/{{Rage}}'' first carries a pipe wrench to school before upgrading to a handgun.
* A rare version where the main character is caught with it in ''Literature/CircleOfMagic''. In the first book, the (recently) ex-StreetUrchin Briar Moss is having a lot of trouble adjusting to his new school dormitory. When he's framed for stealing another kid's stuff, the fact he has an illegal knife stashed under his bed does not help his claim to innocence.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happened on ''{{Smallville}}'', where Lana tries to kill Chloe with an axe (and somehow manages to [[KarmaHoudini escape punishment]][[spoiler: - she is under mind control though]]). Also the TropeNamer. Of course, while going crazy and attempting to kill classmates is a big thing in most schools, for [[WeirdnessMagnet Smallville High]] it's... [[ButForMeItWasTuesday Tuesday.]]
* One episode of the ''TheGeorgeLopezShow'' had a student bring a gun to Max's school. The incident occurred offscreen, with the episode instead focusing on the psychological effects that the experience had on Max.
* In a benign version of this trope, the ''SeventhHeaven'' episode "See You in September" has Simon getting suspended from the school for one day because his mother packed a knife with his lunch so that he could cut his chicken.
** Another usage of this trope, more along the lines of VerySpecialEpisode, was when Simon was in Junior High Middle School: He discovered that one of his classmates planned on bringing a gun to school. The friend later claimed that he was kidding, but Simon nonetheless wrote a paper on the event, which he recited to the class, while at the same time said classmate opened his locker in front of a large amount of people, including Simon's parents, revealing that he had, indeed, brought a gun into the school.
** In a less benign VerySpecialEpisode, Rev. Eric Camden was shot by a teenage bully wielding his father's gun.
* A two-part episode of ''Series/DegrassiTheNextGeneration'' has Rick, pushed past the brink, bringing a gun to school. The incident ends with [[spoiler:Rick dying and Jimmy confined to a wheelchair]].
* One episode of ''SouthOfNowhere'' has Spencer and Ashley skipping school while the others are forced into a day-long lockdown when a girl brings in a gun.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' when Buffy gained the ability to read thoughts and discovered that someone was planning to kill everyone in the school. Cue Jonathan who is up on the abandoned clocktower putting together a high powered rifle [[spoiler: to shoot himself with. Buffy stops him and he goes into therapy (whether he gets better is a matter of opinion, although he stops being suicidal). It turns out the would be mass murderer is the Evil Lunch Lady who is planning to poison the jello.]]
** Inverted in the first 3 seasons, school (the library, to be exact) was where most of Giles' weapons were kept. And there was even a fire axe in one of the hallways, which Buffy used a couple of times against monsters.
* ''FamilyMatters'' when Laura brings a gun to school for protection after she is threatened by Toni for testifying against her in a trial. [[spoiler:Laura does not use her gun. However, Toni shoots her best friend Josie. Urkel, Laura, and the gang start a gun exchange program and Urkel does a rap about how bad guns are. At the end of the episode, the cast (out of character) comes together and does a PublicServiceAnnouncement about ending gun violence. ]]
* This makes up the "Guns" half of the "Guns & Gossip" episode of ''Series/MySoCalledLife''. Rickie's cousin brings a gun to school and it accidentally goes off. Brian gets a lot of unwanted attention (good and bad) because he's thought to be an eyewitness.
* The ''Series/{{Flashpoint}}'' episode "Perfect Storm" deals with a teenager bringing a gun to school to take revenge on his tormentors.
* In ''TheOuterLimits'' episode "Abduction", five high school kids are abducted by an alien. They eventually find out that the alien chose them because one of them brought a gun to school and was planning to shoot the other four.
** "Final Exam" took this trope UpToEleven; the antagonist brought a ''nuclear bomb'' to school.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/OneTreeHill'' has a character bring a gun to school.
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[[folder:Music]]
* Technically didn't bring a gun to school, but initiated a sniper attack on a school from her house across the street: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brenda_Ann_Spencer Brenda Ann Spencer]], whose shooting spree inspired the Boomtown Rats' [[LyricalDissonance piano-based ballad]] "I Don't Like Mondays". The song title was her actual reason given.
* In Wheatus' ''Teenage Dirtbag'':
---> Her boyfriend's a dick
---> He brings a gun to school
** Provides an odd example of the change in what is considered distressing or offensive. The older censored plays of the song [[BleepDamnit bleep out]] the word "dick", newer ones remove "gun". Surprisingly few versions remove both.
* Kelly Rowland's ''Stole'' is about the lead up to and aftermath of such a shooting:
---> He's not invisible anymore
---> With [[{{Handguns}} his father's 9]] and a broken fuse
---> Since he walked through that classroom door
---> He's all over primetime news
* Generally thought to be the subject of Foster the People's "Pumped Up Kicks."
* Music/PearlJam song "Jeremy" is about this. Lead singer Eddie Vedder has said in interviews that this song was about two separate, real-life incidents, one from his Middle School and another from a newspaper article. The music video for the song clarifies this further.
* The TomatoSurprise in TheOffspring's "Hammerhead" shows the song is about one of those.
* Sick Of It All by ''The Distillers''
--> I went to school today with an Uzi
--> There's this kid, he teased me
--> So I shot him in the face
* "The Homecoming Queen's Got a Gun!" by Julie Brown.
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[[folder:Music Videos]]
* In the video for Music/{{Aerosmith}}'s "Livin' On The Edge", a high school kid gets into a fight with another guy in the cafeteria and reaches into his backpack and it looks like he is going to take out a handgun he brought but instead he takes out a sandwich.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* Dogbert from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' once worked as a teacher in a public school. He managed to make a pupil drop a RPG threatening to throw him a sponge.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In the original ''VideoGame/{{Persona}}'' game, the character Masao ("Mark" in the PS1 English version) Inaba starts off wielding a very large axe in the first battle in the hospital. Since he traveled directly to the hospital from school, the only explanation as to how he has one is that he brought it with him to school and kept it in his backpack; this just begs the question as to WHY he would bring an axe to school.
* In the ''ManaKhemia'' series, ''everybody'' brings weapons to school, as the monster-infested dungeons are part of the school grounds. Using alchemy to create new weapons is a basic homework assignment as far as they're concerned.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''KillroyAndTina'' has a student try to shoot his teacher. Tina saves the day with a discreet BulletCatch (the students think it's a misfire) and the kid... goes to jail and becomes an AxeCrazy StalkerWithACrush. If the series hadn't been [[OrphanedSeries Orphaned]], it might have even gone somewhere.
* In ''MitadakeSaga'', the Boy with Sunglasses is carrying an axe as a weapon. [[spoiler: Apparently, he was working with the teacher to unconver Kira's identity, and realized just what it meant when the school went under lockdown.]]
* Subverted in ''MSFHigh'': Because nobody can die for real, it's quite common for people to get into fights with bombs in the hallway. Rainer, in fact, first dies when he stops talking with a monologue-length bomb.
** Explored more in the forum RP, where the general rule is "Please at least CHALLENGE the guy first!"
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Inspired by the Columbine Shootings, this is how Website/{{Newgrounds}}' {{mascot}}, VideoGame/{{Pico}}, got his start. A bunch of {{Goth}}s started a massacre one day, so Pico grabbed an AK-47, reclaimed his school, and hasn't looked back since.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* Due to a number of tragic incidents, this trope [[TooSoon rarely flies]] anymore in western works outside of a VerySpecialEpisode format. Some examples do exist, however.
* A ''StaticShock'' episode had a kid not only bring a gun to school, but shoot the main character's best friend, Richie, in the leg. It's fairly {{Anvilicious}} in that Richie then yells about how painful it is and that its not cool or fun like it seems on TV. Although it's fair to say that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped getting shot is pretty painful and considerably uncool]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** PlayedForLaughs when Principal Skinner says on the morning announcements "I hope you all brought your implements of destruction." Every child in the class reaches into their desks and pulls out axes, hammers, baseball bats, and so on; Bart has a {{BFG}} and is dressed like {{Rambo}}, and Nelson has a [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]]. Skinner then gives the order to "Trash this dump!" Cut to all the children cheerfully destroying the school. It was AllJustADream for Bart, a very happy dream.
** Bart getting upgraded to heavy weaponry on the range when he goes to military school, since, "As a public school student, [he's] already familiar with guns." [[note]] It should be noted that that particular episode was made years before Columbine.[[/note]]
* The ClassicDisneyShort "Teachers Are People", where a kid is asked to empty his pockets, the contents of which include guns, crossbows, even a live grenade. This was back in TheFifties, where [[FunnyAneurysm the thought of a heavily armed kid was so absurd to be laughable]].
* In ''JohnnyTest'', the titular character brings nunchucks to school to beat the school bully. They get confiscated by the principal.
* In ''KingOfTheHill'', Hank becomes the substitute shop teacher. Because the school is low on money, he encourages students to bring tools from home. Bobby is caught with a saw and suspended.
-->"Using a saw as a weapon makes about as much sense as using a pistol to cut a two by four. Which is how my dad made my treehouse. And cleaned it."
-->-Hank
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