502.13 Weapons

The Board believes weapons, other dangerous objects and look-a-likes in District facilities cause material and substantial disruption to the school environment or present a threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors on the District premises or property within the jurisdiction of the District. 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.

District facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, dangerous objects and look-a-likes. Weapons and other dangerous objects and look-a-likes will be taken from students and others who bring them onto the District property or onto property within the jurisdiction of the District or from students who are within the control of the District.

Parents/guardians of students found to possess weapons, dangerous objects or look-a-likes on District property or in vehicles on District property are notified of the incident. Possession or confiscation of weapons or dangerous objects will be reported to law enforcement officials, and students will be subject to disciplinary action including suspension or expulsion.

Students bringing firearms to school or knowingly possessing firearms at school will be expelled for not less than one year. The Superintendent/designee has the authority to 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 which is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, including, but not limited to a starter gun, signal pistol, air gun, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive, incendiary or poison gas.

Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials or a person who has been specifically authorized by the Superintendent/designee to go armed, carry, or transport a firearm on District Grounds, including for purposes of conducting an instructional program regarding firearms are exempt from this policy. The principal/designee may allow authorized persons to display weapons, other dangerous objects or look-a-likes for educational purposes. Such a display will also be exempt from this policy. It is the responsibility of the Superintendent/designee, in conjunction with the principal/designee, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.


Legal Reference:
No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Sec. 4141, P.L. 107-110 (2004).
Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382.
18 U.S.C. § 921 (2004).
McClain v. Lafayette County Bd. of Education, 673 F.2d 106 (5th Cir. 1982).
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.21B; 724 (2007).
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


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 to10 days.
  • Any student found to be displaying or brandishing a weapon shall be suspended for 10 days and will be reinstated only after a meeting with the Superintendent/designee.
  • Any student found to be using a weapon to threaten or injure another person shall be suspended out of school with a recommendation for expulsion
 
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 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.
  • Any student found to be using a dangerous object to threaten or injure another person shall be suspended out of school with a recommendation for expulsion.
 
Look-a-like weapon

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

  • Look-a-like weapon possession may be punished to the same degree as firearms or dangerous objects. The principal / designee will determine if discipline is necessary.
  • Any student found to be displaying or brandishing a look-a-like weapon may be suspended for a period not to exceed 5 days.
  • Any student found to be using a look-a-like weapon to threaten or injure another person may be suspended out of school with a recommendation for expulsion.
 
Firearm

Defined within policy:

  • 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.


Any person, other than a student, in possession of any weapon, firearm, or other dangerous object may be banned from school property by the Superintendent, a principal, the Activity Director/designee of each of them. A person prohibited from school property for more than 10 days may be appeal to the Superintendent/designee, and thereafter to the Board of Directors.

Administration, when recommending discipline under these rules will consider the entirety of the situation including context of the circumstances, the student's mental capacity, and age appropriateness of the discipline when applying the above guidelines.


Adopted:
December 2, 1996

Reviewed:
July 20, 2009
May 19, 2014

March 19, 2018

Revised:
July 20, 2009
May 19, 2014

March 19, 2018