Weapons

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Code JICI

It is the policy of the board of education to ensure the safety and welfare of its students and employees. The presence of firearms, knives with a blade length of over two inches, dirk, razor, metal knuckles, slingshot, bludgeon or any other deadly instrument used for the infliction of bodily harm or death on school district property poses a severe threat of serious harm or injury to students and staff.

While on school grounds, in school buildings, on buses or at school-related functions, students will not possess any item capable of inflicting injury or harm (hereinafter referred to as a weapon) to persons or property when that item is not used in relation to a normal school activity at a scheduled time for the student. No vehicles parked on school property may contain firearms, knives, blackjacks or other items which are generally considered to be weapons.

No vehicles parked on school property may contain firearms, knives, blackjacks or other items which are generally considered to be weapons. The vehicle restriction does not apply to students 21 or older who are authorized by state law to carry a concealed weapon when the weapon remains inside an attended or locked motor vehicle and is secured in a closed glove compartment, closed console, closed trunk, or in a closed container secured by an integral fastener and transported in the luggage compartment of the vehicle.

Level of offense

It is a felony offense, punishable by a fine of $1,000 or imprisonment for five years, or both, to carry a weapon as referenced above on school property. It is a misdemeanor offense, punishable by a fine of up to $500 or imprisonment for up to 90 days, to carry a concealed dirk, slingshot, metal knuckles, razor or other deadly weapon.

Weapons (firearms)

Any student who possesses, uses or transfers a firearm on school grounds or at a school-sponsored activity will be recommended for expulsion for one calendar year. A firearm is defined as any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive. The term firearm also includes any explosive, incendiary, poison gas, bomb or grenade. On a case-by-case basis, the superintendent may modify the one calendar year expulsion recommendation.

The district will not provide educational services in an alternative setting to students expelled under this policy. The district will refer each expelled student to the local county office of the Department of Juvenile Justice.