But last Thursday, in Orange County, there was a case of not students bringing weapons to school, but several adults.
Armed bail bondsmen entered Efland-Cheeks Elementary School property, located at 4401 Fuller Road in Efland, on Thursday morning while fifth-graders were outside during recess.
Two bondsmen, Gerald Haskins, 47, and Derrick Hester, 46, both from Durham, each were charged with felony possession of a weapon on school property. They will have a probable cause screening on April 26.
Their actions could result in the suspension or revocation of their licenses by the N.C. Department of Insurance, the group that oversees bail bondsmen.
"We license them, we conduct interviews, we do background checks," said Chrissy Pearson, a spokesperson for the N.C. Department of Insurance. "We understand this was a frightening situation for the school.
"We also understand that those who were charged are entitled to due process and we can't make a statement until they are found guilty or innocent."
But Pearson said if a bail bondsman is convicted of a felony, his or her license would be revoked by the N.C. Department of Insurance. In the case of a misdemeanor, the case would be reviewed by the department, she said.
"We are conducting an investigation ourselves," she said.
The bail bondsmen were chasing Lakendris McAdoo, 19, a suspect who failed to make a court appearance and has warrants out for his arrest, officials said.