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JCDBB - Weapons Policy

A student shall not possess, handle or transmit any object that can reasonably be considered a weapon at school, on the school property or at a school-sponsored event. This shall include any weapon, any item being used as a weapon or destructive device, or any facsimile of a weapon.

Weapons and Destructive Devices 
As used in this policy, the term “weapon” and/or destructive device shall include, but shall not be limited to: 

  1. any item being used as a weapon or destructive device; 
  2. any facsimile of a weapon; 
  3. any weapon which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive; 
  4. the frame or receiver of any weapon described in the preceding example; 
  5. any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; 
  6. any explosive, incendiary or poison gas, bomb, grenade, rocket having a propellant charge of more than four ounces, missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than 1/4 ounce, mine or similar device; 
  7. any weapon which will or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than 1/2 inch I diameter; any combination of parts either designed or intended for use in converting any device into a destructive device described in the two immediately preceding examples, and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled; 
  8. any bludgeon, sand club, metal knuckles or throwing star; 
  9. any knife, commonly referred to as a switchblade, which has a blade that opens automatically by hand pressure applied to a button, spring or other device in the handle of the knife, or any knife having a blade that opens or falls or is ejected into position by the force of gravity or by an outward, downward, or centrifugal thrust or movement. 
  10. any electronic device designed to discharge immobilizing levels of electricity, commonly known as a “stun gun.” 
  11. any dagger, dirk, bully, blackjack, slung (sling) shot, dangerous knife, straight-edged razor, stiletto or any other dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument of like character, except that an ordinary pocket knife with no blade more than four inches in length shall not be construed to be a dangerous knife, or a dangerous or deadly weapon or instrument.

Penalties for Possession 
Possession of a firearm or other weapon or facsimile of a weapon shall result in expulsion from school for a period of one calendar year, except the superintendent may recommend that this expulsion requirement be modified on a case-by-case basis. (see JDC). Possession of a facsimile of a weapon may result in suspension or expulsion. Expulsion hearings for possession of a weapon shall be conducted by the superintendent or the superintendent’s designee. 

Students violating this policy shall be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency(ies) and if a juvenile to SRS or the Commissioner of Juvenile Justice.

Reporting Criminal Possession of a Firearm by a Student 
It is a crime for any person to possess a firearm at school or on school property or at a school supervised activity. A student who possesses a firearm shall be reported to law enforcement for criminal prosecution.

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