About a week ago, my brother came home from school with a toy gun. He said they needed it for a presentation in one of his classes. The weird thing is, he said the school provided it for them. For most in the States, that’s probably unheard of, in most schools, you’ll get punished for bringing anything resembling a gun to school.
During my time in school, we’ve had a lot of presentations that needed some kind of gun prop, and we were never punished for having toy guns. There were a few exceptions, mainly pellet guns (or BB guns), because they can be used to hurt others. Although there were times when pellet guns were fine, like when you didn’t bring any pellets, you just had to say it was a prop for a presentation.
I’ve seen a story online a couple times about an American girl (I remember that she was pretty young, around 10 I think) who brought a cake to school because it was her birthday. Obviously her parents also had her bring along a knife to cut the cake, the teacher cut the cake and everyone ate. After eating, the teacher reported the kid for bringing a “dangerous weapon” to school. The kid was punished for it. A simple Google search for “toy gun in school” brings up a whole bunch of results about students being arrested. To me, it seems really stupid for someone to be arrested over a toy gun, especially if there was no intent to do any harm.
The culture in regards to this is really different. I would expect the States to be more lenient because guns are very common. Meanwhile in the Philippines, guns are a pretty rare sight, at least in public. The only people who carry firearms are security, Military, and law enforcement. I know a couple friends who have guns, but only for recreation, not for carrying. Although, now that I think of it, it would make sense for the States to be more cautious (although they do take it pretty far) since it’s more likely to come across a gun, then they are more vigilant for it, meanwhile here, people are kinda ignorant when it comes to guns. That doesn’t mean that kids need to be arrested though.
Talking about security, there’s a lot here. Pretty much every business has a security guard, sometimes more. At my school, every gate had a few guards who would check bags/vehicles when entering and there were quite a few more patrolling the grounds. Every mall has guards at entrances and exits. Most guards have a firearm which, I’ve noticed, is never loaded, although they have bullets. I know the States has police, but they could take some time to respond. I also know that some places have security, like malls and such.
Honestly, I’m not quite sure what this article is really about. I guess it’s just some observations about how guns are seen in each country, especially how schools handle them.