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Health Information For Teens
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:
Tell them about the situation — such as whether the weapon was being shown off or used to threaten another student.
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.
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:
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.
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.
After hearing news of school shootings or other violence, it’s natural for students â no matter how old they are or where they go to school â to worry about whether this type of incident may someday happen to them or their friends.
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.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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