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502.13 Weapons

The Board believes weapons, other dangerous objects, and look-alike objects in district facilities cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment and/or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees, and/or visitors on the district premises or property within the district’s jurisdiction. Therefore, District facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, dangerous objects, and look-alike objects.

Weapons, other dangerous objects, and look-alike objects shall be taken from students and others who bring them onto district property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the district or from students who are otherwise within control of the school district.

District administrators will notify parents/guardians of students found to possess weapons, dangerous objects, and/or look-alike objects of the policy violation. Possession or confiscation of weapons, dangerous objects, or look-alike objects will be reported to law enforcement officials.

Students found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including suspension or expulsion.

Students bringing firearms to school and/or knowingly possessing firearms at school will be expelled for not less than one year. The superintendent/designee may recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for students on a case-by-case basis. For purposes of this portion of this policy, the term “firearm” includes, but is not limited to, any weapon designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, any explosive, incendiary or poison gas, and/or objects otherwise defined by law.

To the extent permitted by law, weapons under the control of law enforcement officials and/or other individuals specifically authorized by the board are exempt from this policy. It is the responsibility of the superintendent/designee, in conjunction with the principal/designee, to develop administrative regulations to implement this policy.

For purposes of this policy, district facilities include, but are not limited to: district property, district vehicles, district buildings, district grounds, district parking lots, as well as any site at which a district sponsored event or trip is taking place.

Legal Reference:
Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382.
18 U.S.C. § 921.
McClain v. Lafayette County Bd. of Education, 673 F.2d 106 (5th Cir. 1982).
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.21B; 724.
281 I.A.C. 12.3(6) 724.4B (2014)

Cross Reference:
502.00 Student Rights and Responsibilities
503.00 Student Discipline
507.00 Student Health and Well-Being

Adopted: December 2, 1996

Reviewed: June 10, 2009
May 19, 2014
March 19, 2018
February 17, 2020
May 20, 2021

Revised: July 20, 2009
May 19, 2014
March 19, 2018
February 17, 2020
June 21, 2021

R.R. 1 #502.13

Weapon (this definition excludes firearms)
For the purposes of these regulations, a weapon is defined as any item or device designed primarily for use in inflicting death or injury upon a human being or animal and capable of inflicting death on a human being when used in the manner for which it is designed. Weapons include, but are not limited to any offensive weapon, dagger, razor, stiletto, switchblade knife, or other knife.

  • Any student found in possession of a weapon may be suspended for a period of up to 10 days.
  • Any student found to be displaying or brandishing a weapon may be suspended for up to 10 days and will be reinstated only after a meeting with the superintendent/designee.
  • Any student found to be using a weapon may be suspended with a recommendation for expulsion, for:
    • Threatening or injuring another person; or
    • Creating a substantial disruption to the school environment.

Dangerous Object
For the purposes of these regulations, a dangerous object is defined as any item or device that does not fit the definition of a weapon which is used in a manner that could cause injury to a person or is used to threaten or intimidate another person. The term “dangerous object” includes those items which are not designed to inflict injury, such as a pencil or a bottle, but are used for no school purpose or to threaten to be used in a manner that could cause injury.

  • Any student found in possession of a dangerous object may be suspended for a period of up to 10 days.
  • Any student found to be displaying or brandishing a dangerous object may be suspended for a period up to 10 days and will be reinstated only after a meeting with the superintendent/ designee.
  • Any student found to be using a dangerous object may be suspended out of school with a recommendation for expulsion, for:
    • Threatening or injuring another person; or
    • Creating a substantial disruption to the school environment.

Look-alike object
For the purposes of these regulations, a look-alike object is defined as any object that resembles either a firearm or weapon but does not meet the definition of either. A look-alike object includes, but is not limited to: BB guns, pellet guns, air rifles, dark colored squirt guns, and/or any toy gun which resembles a firearm or weapon.

  • Any student found in possession of a look-alike weapon may be suspended for a period up to 10 days.
  • Any student found to be displaying or brandishing a look-alike object may be suspended for a period up to 10 days and will be reinstated only after a meeting with the superintendent/designee.
  • Any student found to be using a look-alike weapon to threaten or injure another person may be suspended out of school with a recommendation for expulsion, for
    • Threatening or injuring another person; or
    • Creating a substantial disruption to the school environment.

Firearm
For purposes of this portion of this policy, the term “firearm” includes, but is not limited to, any weapon designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, any explosive, incendiary or poison gas, and/or objects otherwise defined by law.

  • Any student found in possession of a firearm in any area where disciplinary control is to be exercised shall be expelled for not less than 12 months and will be referred to law enforcement authorities. The superintendent/designee shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis.
  • Any student found to be using a firearm to threaten or injure another person may be expelled for more than 12 months depending on the circumstances of the event. The superintendent/ designee shall have the authority to recommend this expulsion requirement be modified for a student on a case-by-case basis.

Disposition of Items Confiscated Pursuant to This Policy
Administrators shall surrender to the appropriate law enforcement agency any items confiscated under this policy that were unlawfully possessed by the person from whom they were confiscated. Administrators shall offer the parents/guardians of students from whom objects were confiscated under this policy but which are not on their face illegal for the student to possess the opportunity to have the district properly destroy and/or dispose of the confiscated item(s) at no cost to the student and/or his/her parent/guardian. The district’s Safety and Security Specialist shall develop protocols for the appropriate removal, destruction, and/or disposal of items surrendered to the district under this policy which are not transferred to law enforcement personnel.

Any person other than a student in possession of any weapon, firearm, and/or other dangerous object may be banned from district property by the superintendent, a principal, the Activity Director, and/or the designee of any of these actors.

A person prohibited from district property for more than 10 days may appeal this sanction to the superintendent/designee, and, thereafter, to the Ankeny Community School District Board of Education.

When recommending discipline under these rules, administrators will consider the entirety of the situation, including context of the circumstances, the student’s mental capacity, and the age-appropriateness of the discipline.

Reviewed:
July 20, 2009
May 19, 2014
March 19, 2018
February 17, 2020
May 20, 2021

Revised:
July 20, 2009
May 19, 2014
March 19, 2018
February 17, 2020
June 21, 2021