Student Films Classmate Googling Pictures of Guns and Bullets at School

Footage has surfaced on social media appearing to show a high school student scrolling through pictures of guns and ammunition and has gone viral.

In the video, which has been posted to TikTok by Coastlvl5000, an unnamed teenager can be seen looking through images of firearms and bullets on Google.

"It's only the second week of school in America for me," a caption accompanying the post reads. The video, which can be viewed here, has been viewed more than 500,000 times.

The identity of the person filming and the specific location has not yet been determined. Newsweek has reached out to the original poster for confirmation of both.

The clip comes just over two weeks after hundreds of thousands of students returned to classrooms.

It makes for uncomfortable viewing, given the ongoing concerns around gun control and school shootings in the U.S.

Figures compiled by NPR in 2019 found the U.S. has the 32nd highest rate of deaths from gun violence in the world, with an average of 3.96 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.

To put that figure in context, it's more than eight times the rate in Canada, which stood at 0.47 per 100,0000 and close to 100 times higher than the number recorded in the United Kingdom, where it stands at 0.04 per 100,000.

Everytown Research notes that, despite the pandemic and the lockdowns that followed, there have already been 43 incidents of gunfire on school grounds leading to 12 deaths and 19 injuries.

With this in mind, the post, understandably sparked concern and discussion.

One user, fagguettebaguette, urged them to "go and tell the counselor," with uliikejaz agreeing: "go tell the teacher."

Sockcatboy thought it was probably a joke but urged them to tell someone because "it could save lives."

Hxnkreis noticed that the guns look "really old" and theorized that he "might just be doing a history project" or something.

Vaxll1 noted: "They can check what you search up on the WiFi" so he would certainly be facing suspension if he is found to have broken any rules.


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Several commenters sought to defend the unnamed student.

"What's wrong with liking guns?" kevdog wrote.

Beakolini, meanwhile, criticized the original poster for "invading his privacy."

Those defenses failed to wash with others, including userliqjtr who said: "Why look them up at school? It's not hard to look at them during your own time or on your phone."

Abearithinkidk, agreed, arguing that regardless of the fact that someone might like guns, looking at them during school hours was still a "red flag."

It is worth repeating that practically nothing is known about the context surrounding the unnamed boy's web searching. The video does come at the end of a difficult week.

On Wednesday, a student was killed during a shooting at Mount Tabor High School in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office identified the deceased student as William Chavis Raynard Miller Jr. The shooter has not yet been named though police believe the individual was a fellow pupil at the school.

In August, an elementary school teacher also went viral after drawing attention to concerns over the protocols in place for dealing with emergency active shooter situations.

In a TikTok video she showed viewers the inadequate preparedness the kit provided to teachers in the event of such an incident.

High school student on a laptop.
Stock photo of a high school student. A video has been shared appearing to show a high school student looking through images of guns and bullets. Jacoblund/Getty