No one should bring a gun or weapon to school. But sometimes, students might bring guns, knives, or other weapons to school for attention, to protect themselves, or to threaten or harm others. If someone tells you they have a gun or weapon or shows it to you: Get away from the person quickly and quietly. Tell an adult you trust immediately. If you can't find a teacher, parent, coach, or other adult, call 911. Give as many details as you can such as what you saw, what type of weapon it was (a knife, a gun, etc.), where the incident happened, and who was involved. Tell them about the situation — such as whether the weapon was being shown off or used to threaten another student. Will Someone Know if I Tell That They Have a Gun/Weapon? Your school counselor, principal, teacher, or coach should know how to handle the situation without using your name. If you are still worried that someone will find out, call 911 and ask them to keep your identity confidential. Or, make an anonymous phone call to your school office and report the incident. Remember, you may save a life by reporting that someone is carrying a gun. The Warning Signs of Violence Violence comes in many different forms and doesn't always involve a weapon. Violence can be physical, like pushing, punching, or fighting with someone. It also can be psychological and might involve name-calling, harassment, taunting, and other forms of bullying. People who are more likely to become violent may show some of these warning signs: cruelty to pets and other animals talking about weapons and violence fascination with violent video games, TV shows, and movies threatening or bullying others isolation from family and friends Of course, these signs don't necessarily mean that a person will become violent or bring a weapon to school. Still, you should take all signs and threats seriously, and share your concerns with a responsible adult early on. Speaking up about violence and weapons in school not only protects you, but your friends and classmates too. Back to Articles Related Articles Gun Safety Every year, guns are used to kill or injure thousands of Americans. Here's how to keep yourself safe, whether your family has guns at home or not. Read More Should You Worry About School Violence? After hearing news of school shootings or other violence, it's natural for students — no matter how old they are or where they go to school — to worry about whether this type of incident may someday happen to them or their friends. Read More Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Sometimes after experiencing a traumatic event, a person has a strong and lingering reaction known as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Getting treatment and support can make all the difference. Read More Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor. © 1995-2021 KidsHealth®. All rights reserved. Images provided by The Nemours Foundation, iStock, Getty Images, Veer, Shutterstock, and Clipart.com.