A coworker told me that if a student had approval from the principal, they were allowed to bring a gun from home to school. The gun was kept in the principals office and it was for students who would be going hunting either before or after school. They could also bring them on the school bus. Notice though they had to have approval by the principal so the student would have had to have earned that trust first.
Other schools commonly had rifle teams and gun ranges and students were either allowed to shoot the schools guns or bring them from home. Yes, many kids would strap a rifle onto their bike frame and go to school.
Now the closest I ever saw this was one school I worked at in the 90’s still had a rifle team and range with its ROTC program and when I went to school in a rural area some kids still drove trucks which had gun racks.
Also when I was growing up most kids carried a pocket knife.
So, when you were growing up,
- Were guns allowed in school?
- Did your school have a rifle team?
- If so what were the rules regarding how the gun and ammunition were kept?
- What part of the country was this?