It's got a no-guns policy (sort of)
Whether they want to or not, students at King's Dominion have to learn to kill, attack, and defend themselves with whatever's at hand. Maria uses her bladed fans, Lana her katana, Brandy Lynn (Siobhan Williams) her razor-augmented pom poms, Billy his skateboard and butterfly knives. "I've also poisoned a few people," said actor Liam James, who plays that latter character. "Just to make them have any kid's worst nightmare." (Yes, explosive diarrhea.)
Oddly, one weapon is verboten on school grounds: guns. We noticed a distinct absence of firearms and ammunition among the props displayed on set (apart from historical artifacts that once belonged to killers such as Lee Harvey Oswald). How come? "Master Lin's idea is that if you are to kill, it has to be in an honorable way," said actress Lana Condor, who plays Saya Kuroki. "And he doesn't see honor in using guns." This is one of the biggest departures in the show from the original comic book. "I think that when it's in the book, you're a bit disconnected from the reality of it," Remender said. "And in the last five years, the battle royale of it all has seeped into our actual existence. It's no longer a fantasy [to have a school shooting]. And so the heightened awareness of the school dealing with assassinations frankly works better without the inclusion of guns. It's not a metaphorical situation when you see those things."
Although Master Lin disdains firearms, they still exist in the off-campus world. This mostly affects the sharp-shooter character Willie, who comes to rely on his size more than his weapon, and no wonder. At 6'3" and 260 pounds, actor Luke Tennie is an imposing figure. "People don't want to mess with me, because I am my weapon," Tennie said. "But a bullet gets the job done a lot better than a fist. And we ain't always on campus."