Rural Illinois, maybe downstate? If so the 1990s would not surprise me.
Yep you hit the nail right on the head Bobcat! I had a friend who was a few years behind me, he told me that after the Columbine incident they put a stop to it. Its a real shame to be honest, but I guess it was something that was going to happen no matter what. I remember our shop teacher going squirrel hunting with some of us after school too, I can imagine that a school district would fire a teacher for going hunting with students after school nowadays. Like I said, I'm not that old, but I'm old enough to know what used to be and miss it.
My son is lucky though, at 12 years old he goes shooting with his teacher twice a week and is allowed to have a gun at school. He is homeschooled.