MY freshman year of High School I took my 22 bolt action to school (with the bolt removed an in my pocket) as I was walking down the hall with it the Vice Principal saw me and asked to see the gun. He asked me what I was doing with it as he looked it over.
I told him I was taking it to metal shop to tap it for a scope. He then told me in a vary stern voice. Make sure you get the scope mounted far enough forward that you have some distance between your eye and the lens. He said its a first timers mistake to think they need the scope very close to the eye. He then asked me to bring it by his office after I got the scope on. And I did.
Can you imagine the response now to the same scenario?
LOL - the response today would be the principal would call the cops and someone on their keyboard would be tapping away that you should be shot. That said, this is a different time - and the kid might have been up to no good. Luckily police officers are trained to err on the side of safety - for all... including insane 14 year olds - if possible.
One of my sisters is 5 years older than me. Her senior year in high school, she along with two other seniors and another boy from a different high school were New Jersey Jr. Indoor rifle team champions. That year there was a picture in her year book showing the team with full gear.
The next year My younger brother and I and two other kids from different schools were NJ sub-junior team champions. When I was a freshman, my brother was in 8th grade and the other two team members went to different high schools but the year-book printed a photo of us also.
When I was in 8th grade, i had a paper route and was “carrier of the month”. The photo about this award had me in my competition gear with my Anshultz Match 64,that photo was posted on the wall of my science class for 6 months.