Safety Expert Explains Why Students May Feel They Need A Gun At School
INDIANAPOLIS -- Even though it's illegal, many students are still getting caught with guns or other forms of weaponry at school.
Just this week, two students in Indianapolis were caught with guns in their backpacks: one at Ben Davis High School and the other at North Central High School of Indianapolis. Last week a student was caught with a gun on school property at Lawrence Central High School as well.
Robert Fry, the Community Resource Coordinator with the Marion County Department of Health, told WISH-TV almost all cases of a student bringing a gun to school are cases in which the student does not want to incite violence, but rather they feel they need to protect themselves.
"Sometimes it's the neighborhood they come from. Sometimes it's the commute, they're afraid something is going to happen," Fry said. "Recently we had an incident where a teenager was shot on his way to the bus stop. So, when teenagers find out about that, they feel 'I need to carry a gun on my way to the bus stop, on my way to school'."
Superintendents from all three districts notified parents and encouraged them to speak with their children about not bringing any sort of weapons to school and the importance of reporting any suspicious activity.