I won’t reveal where this school is or even what town it is in because I don’t want to break the promise I gave to those who spoke to me.
I was told by some parents I know that up until 10 years ago there was a gun club beneath my son’s school. In this post-Columbine era it seems surreal that any school would allow firearms to be used on school property. When you think Gun Club, you think firing range (which it was) with targets a distance away & row after row of stalls with men firing pistols while wearing ear protection. In this case, it was more of a rifle club because supposed the “club” was in a “room” only 4-5 feet tall, and one had to crawl into it, and then lay on their belly sniper style and take shots at the targets. Sounds like Army Ranger training school to me…
The club only met at night, but eventually the PTA complained to the administration that during meetings they could hear gunfire & it was distracting. Based on that (and I presume, a backlash after Columbine) the club was closed around 1997. Supposedly it remains there now, locked up forever, as it has no other potential use due to it’s low ceiling.
Like many Weird NJ stories, everybody’s heard of it, but nobody can remember where it is… I’ve been told several different stories, and the one that I heard most often is that it was located underneath the school gymnasium. Allegedly the only entrance was a set of doors from the play yard, but stories circulated that there was also an entrance from within the basement. I was even told there was a trap door in the gymnasium floor that led to the gun club.