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->''And you can all hide behind your desks now!\\
And you can cry, "teacher come help me"!\\
Through you all, my aim is true!''
-->-- '''Music/TheOffspring''', "Hammerhead"

[[JustForFun/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 [[PapaWolf somebody's]] [[MamaBear parents]] [[YouCanPanicNow 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.

Outside of characters designed to be antagonists, the person who brings the weapon is rarely a member of the core cast, since that would force the writers to either justify it in the audience's mind and/or 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, [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/School_shooting this can also be]] TruthInTelevision, as 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.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'':
** In the [=Tsumigoroshi/Atonement=] arc, [[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]]. Seeing as up to that point the school had always been a safe haven from the gruesome events of the series, this is particularly shocking.
** 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]].
* ''LightNovel/FullMetalPanic'':
** In the first issue, Sōsuke 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."]]
** He also had no problem dealing with some tampering with his shoe locker (who turned out to be a girl putting a typical "I love you, sempai!" kind of letter inside) by ''blowing up the whole damn shoe locker row with C-4'' (he thought that the tamperer had left a booby-trap bomb behind, you see). What is even more funny/horrifying is that he successfully manages to convince the student council president that it was the ''right'' thing to do (although the president was pretty hard-core CloudCuckoolander and it was implied that MITHRIL had done quite a lot of bribing)... and he "met" the girl afterwards by stalking the meeting point with a sniper rifle. This is not the only type of explosive/firearms-related act of overkill that he does throughout the series.
** In the final episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', even Sōsuke goes too far when he (accidentally) brings a biowarfare agent into the school. His classmates promptly beat him up en masse (the fact that, after all of the typical "we're infected!" drama, it turned out to be TheNudifier didn't helped him any).
* [[{{Yandere}} Yuno Gasai]], of ''Manga/FutureDiary'', 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]].
* ''Manga/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. 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 hers in a long bag, so most people just assumes she has a shinai or bokutō used for Kendo practice. Mana, on the other hand, is on the Biathlon Club, so most people assume that the one visible gun is the airsoft rifle she uses there... And it's actually true, most of the time.
* Hiruma from ''Manga/Eyeshield21'' 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 ''Anime/MaiHime'', one of Haruka's complaints against Mai was that she brought a sword to school. It was actually Mikoto's.
* The story of ''Manga/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.
* The eponymous ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'' students use guns and knives on a daily basis to kill their teacher. The weapons used are harmless to humans, and the teacher is a SuperSpeed creature who intends to [[EarthShatteringKaboom blow up the Earth]] after [[DetonationMoon making the Moon a permanent crescent]]. As this teacher's only class is located in a satellite building very isolated from the rest of the school (and whose students stay in that campus region during the school day), it's entirely reasonable that only those students, the principal, and the specific teachers using that building know the weapons exist.
* In ''Anime/BloodC'', Saya brought her katana to school and no one including her teacher noticed it. Tadayoshi told her to bring it with her in case an Elder Bairns appear. Then in episode 8, she brought it again and they started to notice it.
* Pictured above: ''Anime/GabrielDropOut'' with Satanichia's gun she bought in Hell's online store. In this case, this is downplayed, since the gun is actually non-lethal, and a shot can make its target to laugh uncontrollably for ten minutes. [[HoistByHisOwnPetard It did not go as Satanichia planned]].

[[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.
* In the 2000s ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'' arc "Skin Deep", we see an incident from Peter's schooldays where a kid who got picked on even worse than him brought a knife to school for self-defence. When a teacher found it, Peter took the heat for him, claiming that it was his uncle's knife and he wanted to sharpen it in shop class as a "surprise". The present-day Peter, narrating, notes that the only reason he wasn't expelled was because the idea of a giant nerd like him wanting to knife someone was unbelievable.
-->"It was, you understand, a different world then."
* ''ComicBook/{{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."
* Creator/WarrenEllis wrote a story for ''Comic/{{Hellblazer}}'' called "Shoot" that suggested that the systemic problems of society contributed to the don't-care-if-they-live-or-die attitude of some school shooters... and their victims. It was scheduled to run after the Columbine shooting and pulled for [[TooSoon obvious reasons]]; Ellis quit the title rather than make changes to the story the higher-ups demanded. It was finally published in its original form as a part of a ''Hellblazer'' anthology in 2014.
-->'''John Constantine''': ''(reviewing a videotape of the shooting)'' He's drawn the gun. And none of these kids are running away. ''I'' see kids in a schoolyard in some dead-end hole of a town in some asshole county in some crumbling state with no education and no hope and no future and they're waiting. They're just standing there.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* Dogbert from ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' once worked as a substitute teacher in a public school, resulting in the line "Eugene! Release those hostages or I shall be forced to fling this chalk eraser at your head!"

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/DoingItRightThisTime'': Asuka obtained three handguns for Shinji, Rei and herself. They carried them everywhere, including school, hidden in their outfits or handbags. Their guardian Misato did like not it, but Asuka argued that they needed extra protection, and if they could be trusted with a giant robot then they could be trusted with a gun.
* ''Fanfic/ShinjiAndWarhammer40K'': Kensuke kept several dozens of bolter guns stored in his school's attic per Shinji's intructions in case his schoolmates needed to defend themselves. Although it sounds like a spectacularly bad idea, Shinji's foresight saved his schoolmates lives when Matarael's spawn invaded the city.
* In ''Fanfic/MasterPotterOfKamarTaj'', Harry brings Dragonfang - a sentient sword carved from the tooth of an inter dimensional dragon - to school. When it is confiscated, Harry makes the argument that wands are equally as dangerous.
--> '''Harry:''' Sir, Dragonfang has been with me for over two years, and I've formed a bond with it. It's the only tie I have to home while I'm here. Please, I don't use it, it's just to have, like a paperweight in the shape of a gun.\\
'''Dumbledore:''' I'm sorry Harry, but it's a very dangerous weapon. It's not that I don't trust you, it's that I'm worried another student will be hurt by it, like Mr Weasley was when he found it.\\
'''Harry:''' Dangerous? The spells we fire from our wands can kill people, and you won't let me have a dagger?!
* ''FanFic/TheKeyToASuccessfulInterview'': Early on in the story, a news report mentions that a JSDF base was broken in and a fighter jet was stolen. Turns out, it was stolen by Shampoo, who took the fighter's [[BigFuckingGun 30mm cannon]] and uses it later to ''demolish Furinkan High with gunfire'', trying to kill Girl!Ranma and giving absolutely zero shits about any people caught in the crossfire (although, miraculously, there were no fatalities). Later on the story, she becomes part of Ranma's group saying that DefeatEqualsFriendship, but considering that she pulled off one of the most devastating InUniverse school shootings in Japanese history and is running around [[KarmaHoudini free and unpunished]], it's [[MoralEventHorizon quite]] [[InUniverse understandable]] that all other characters remain quite wary of her.
* This ''Manga/KannazukiNoMiko'' [[https://mandygirl78.deviantart.com/gallery/43523846/Doujin-More-Dangerous-Than-the-Orochi doujin]] discusses this trope [[RealLifeWritesThePlot in light of]] the 2012 Sandy Hook School shooting.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/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. Not to mention he wears a trench coat for the entire movie. 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 [[Creator/SteveMartin Gil]]'s second FlashForward to Kevin's college graduation.
* The protagonist of ''Film/TheBasketballDiaries'' has a dream where he sees himself wearing a trenchcoat and bringing a shotgun to shoot up most of his class, while his friends cheer him on.

* The climax of ''Literature/WeNeedToTalkAboutKevin''. This one doesn't end well.
* In ''Literature/{{Pygmy}}'', the TeenSuperspy VillainProtagonist takes down a fellow student who shoots up the LARP/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 the other boys pick a fight with him, the fact that he pulls knives on them in self-defense means he's the one who gets kicked out.
-->"Whatever else, I want ''him'' out of here," the man holding Briar snapped. He shook the boy hard. "Knives have no place in a boys' dormitory!"\\
"Depends on the dormitory," muttered Briar.
* The titular university in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' has a weapons policy - that is to say, weapons are ''mandatory''. It ''is'' a WizardingSchool in a DungeonPunk setting, and life on campus can get pretty dangerous.
* The plot of ''[[Literature/WingsOfFire Moon Rising]]'' involves a dragonet setting off a bomb in the history class of Jade Mountain academy, and the protagonists trying to determine who was responsible.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Happens on ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', where Lana tries to kill Chloe with an axe (and actually doesn't completely [[KarmaHoudini escape punishment]], since the brawl got both of them suspended -- [[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 ''Series/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.
* ''Series/SeventhHeaven'':
** In a benign version of this trope, the episode ''See You in September'' has Simon getting suspended from 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 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.
* 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 ''Series/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.
* ''Series/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.
* ''Series/TheOuterLimits1995'':
** The 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 ''Series/OneTreeHill'' has a character bring a gun to school. He ends up dead by the end of it, as does [[spoiler:Keith Scott at the hands of his brother Dan]], which was made to look like the shooter did it.
* In ''Series/{{Fargo}}'', Lester does this as art of his plan to frame his brother. He plants a gun in his nephew Gordo's backpack. When the gun is discovered at school, this causes the police to search the house, finding the evidence Lester planted.
* An episode of ''Series/TheDeadZone'' revolved around John Smith having a psychic vision of a future shooting, and community spiraling out of control in a self-induced panic. The only gun to actually make it on campus is the one held by the security guard, with tragic results.
* ''Series/Danger5''. PlayedForLaughs in the episode "Johnny Hitler", where Danger 5 go undercover on a school campus. Jackson is about to shoot the BigBad when the principal confiscates his pistol and gives him detention.
* ''Series/TheWire'' has a dramatic moment in Mr. Pryzbylewski's middle school classroom when a disturbed girl, fed up with teasing, abruptly stands up, whips out a box cutter, and cuts two deep slashes into another girl's face. What ''really'' bothers Mr. Pryzbylewski is that after the heat of the moment, none of his other inner-city students seems to be at all traumatized. In fact, it's routine for them to bring weapons to school, although they generally conceal them somewhere outside rather than smuggle them into the building.

* 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
* Music/KellyRowland'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 Music/FosterThePeople's "Pumped Up Kicks," another massive case of LyricalDissonance. The only unclear thing if it's the narrator is actually shooting others or all is in in his head.
* 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 Music/TheOffspring's "Hammerhead" shows the song is about one of those.
* Music/{{Megadeth}}'s "Have Cool, Will Travel" is both about school shootings and the inevitable ensuing media blowout:
--> Mamas pack their lunches, kiddies pack their guns\\
Wishing it will go away, but nothing's getting done\\
A shot heard 'round the world, when a mother's baby dies\\
We the people point our fingers, blame and wonder why
* "Sick of It All" by Music/TheDistillers:
--> 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. PlayedForLaughs, 'cause it was 1983 and the past is a foreign country.
* "I.G.W.T." by Derek Minor feat. Thi'sl
--> High schools got armed guards
--> 'Cause teenagers bear arms
--> And they'd crack your head
--> Put that video on Worldstar
--> That boy you callin' a nerd?
--> Got a bomb off in his backpack
--> [[RoaringRampageofRevenge Plannin' to get revenge]]
--> [[DisproportionateRetribution Leave a crater where his class at]]
* "Teenagers" by Music/MyChemicalRomance
-->[[AlphaBitch The boys and girls in the clique]]\\
[[EmbarrassingNickname The awful names that they stick]]\\
You're never gonna fit in much, kid\\
But if you're troubled and hurt\\
What you've got under your shirt\\
[[RoaringRampageOfRevenge Will make them pay for the things that they did]]!

[[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.

[[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 ''VideoGame/{{Mana Khemia|Alchemists of Al Revis}}'' 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.
* Max from ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' discovers her TimeTravel powers after classmate Nathan Prescott pulls a gun on a girl in a school bathroom. Since her only evidence is hearsay, the teachers don't take her claims seriously until [[spoiler: a student he bullied tries to kill herself.]] The fact that the Prescotts are incredibly wealthy [[spoiler: and Nathan's in cahoots with one of the teachers]] helps too, of course.
* The [[VillainProtagonist protagonist]] of ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' can use a variety of weapons at school to kill and injure her fellow classmates, in particular her romantic rivals. The baffling part is that most of these weapons are ''already'' at school as tools for certain club members to use (a knife in the cooking club, axes and saws in the gardening club, etc.). If students see her carrying a weapon (except for a few like scissors), they will be suspicious and her reputation will decrease, unless she is a member of the club the weapon is associated with.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/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 ''Webcomic/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. It's explored more in the forum RP, where the general rule is "Please at least CHALLENGE the guy first!"

[[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.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* A ''WesternAnimation/StaticShock'' episode had a kid not only bring a gun to school, but accidentally shoot the main character's best friend, Richie, in the leg after he gets tackled by the bullies he ''wanted'' to shoot. 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.
** When Bart is sent to a military boarding school, the first thing he's given at a firing range is a grenade launcher.
--->''Since you've already attended public school, [[InvokedTrope we're assuming you've already had experience with small arms]].'' [[note]] It should be noted that that particular episode was made two years before Columbine.[[/note]]
* The WesternAnimation/{{Classic Disney Short|s}} "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 [[FunnyAneurysmMoment the thought of a heavily armed kid was so absurd to be laughable]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', the titular character brings nunchucks to school to beat the school bully. They get confiscated by the principal.
* In ''WesternAnimation/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.
-->'''Hank:''' 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.
* PlayedForLaughs in an early episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'' when he goes to visit Ajax's high school, which has put up metal detectors to catch students trying to smuggle in weapons. It doesn't work too well, since literally every student walking into the building is openly armed to the teeth with everything from rifles to ''rocket launchers'', and the detector doesn't go off until Duckman tries to walk through with a metal lunchbox, which is immediately confiscated and shot to pieces by security. A later episode shows that the urban decay of the school has been mostly cleaned up... thanks to the school now being sponsored by Smith And Wesson.
* In the episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot'' about [[RobotGirl Jenny]] going to school for the first time, she [[TelescopingRobot opens herself up]] to show [[DoAnythingRobot the many different devices inside of her]] and the principal points out she could get in trouble for bringing weapons to school. Brad convinces him to let it go on the condition that Jenny keeps them all disabled when she's on school grounds. Despite this, plenty of other episodes have her drawing weapons in school without consequence.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* An instructional video about school dress codes [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IskfFKiuh3Y shows how easy it is to hide 10+ different pistols, an Uzi and a hunting shotgun in baggy jeans and a large T-shirt]]. When one considers that a potential school shooter must actually be able to walk around and sit down normally before unleashing [[MoreDakka this much dakka]], [[{{Narm}} it becomes hard not to laugh at how much counterproductive effort they put into emphasizing their point.]]
* Wiki/TheOtherWiki has an entire [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_school-related_attacks list of school shootings and attacks]].
* Bringing guns to school used to be fairly common in some parts of the USA. They'd be put in a locker so that students could hunt on their way home.