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Students Weapons And Dangerous Instruments   

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The Board of Trustees desires students and staff to be free from the fear and danger presented by firearms and other weapons. The Board therefore prohibits any person other than authorized law enforcement or security personnel from possessing weapons, imitation firearms, or dangerous instruments of any kind in school buildings, on school grounds or buses, or at a school-related or school-sponsored activity away from school.

(cf. 3515.3 - District Police/Security Department)

Possession of Weapons

Under the power granted to the Board to maintain order and discipline in the schools and to protect the safety of students, staff and the public, any school employee is authorized to confiscate a weapon, dangerous instrument or imitation firearm from any person on school grounds.

(cf. 0450 - Comprehensive Safety Plan)

(cf. 4158/4258/4358 - Employee Security)

Students possessing or threatening others with a weapon, dangerous instrument or imitation firearm are subject to suspension and/or expulsion in accordance with law, Board policy and administrative regulations.

Requires the expulsion for not less than one year of any student who is determined to have brought a firearm (handgun, shotgun, rifle, or other firearms that include explosive devices) to school. Allows the Board to modify the expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis. Requires referral to the criminal justice system, juvenile justice system, or local law enforcement agency of any student who brings a firearm to school. (20 USC 7151)

(cf. 5144.1 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process)

(cf. 5144.2 - Suspension and Expulsion/Due Process (Individuals with Disabilities))

The principal or designee shall notify law enforcement authorities when any student possesses a weapon or commits any act of assault with a firearm or other weapon. (20 USC 7151; Education Code 48902; Penal Code 245, 626.9, 626.10)

Upon written permission of the principal or designee, a student may possess a weapon on school grounds when necessary for a school-sponsored activity or class. The principal or designee shall inspect the weapon to ensure that necessary safety precautions have been taken.

Possession of Pepper Spray

The Board recognizes that students age 16 or older may legally possess tear gas or tear gas weapons such as pepper spray for the purpose of self-defense. However, to prevent potential misuse that may harm students or staff, students are prohibited from carrying such items on campus or at school activities.

Reporting of Injurious Objects

The Board encourages students to promptly report the presence of weapons, injurious objects or other suspicious activity to school authorities. The identity of a student who reports such activity shall remain confidential to the extent permitted by law. The Superintendent or designee shall develop strategies designed to facilitate student reporting of the presence of injurious objects on school grounds, such as tip hotlines, electronic transmissions, or other methods that preserve the student's anonymity. Incident reports and records shall not identify the student who reported the possession. The strategy shall also include means of informing staff, students and parents/guardians that students who report the presence of injurious objects on school campuses are to be protected and their identity shielded.

(cf. 5138 - Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation)

Legal Reference:


35291 Governing board to prescribe rules for discipline of the schools

48900 Grounds for suspension/expulsion

48902 Notification of law enforcement authorities

48915 Required recommendation for expulsions

48916 Readmission

49330-49335 Injurious objects


245 Assault with deadly weapon

417.4 Imitation firearm; drawing or exhibiting

626.9 Gun-Free School Zone Act of 1995

626.10 Dirks, daggers, knives, razor or stun gun; bringing or possessing in school or on school grounds; exception

653k Soliciting a minor to commit certain felonies

12001 Control of deadly weapons

12020-12028.5 Unlawful carrying and possession of concealed weapons

12403.7 Weapons approved for self defense

12220 Unauthorized possession of a machinegun

12401 Tear gas

12402 Tear gas weapon

12403.7 Weapons approved for self defense

12403.8 Minors 16 or over; tear gas and tear gas weapons

12555 Imitation firearms


6301-7941 No Child Left Behind Act; especially:

7151 Gun-Free Schools Act

Management Resources:


0401.01 Protecting Student Identification in Reporting Injurious Objects


CDE, Safe Schools and Violence Prevention Office: spbranch/safety/safetyhome



adopted: March 1, 2000 Lancaster, California

revised: November 14, 2001

revised: August 13, 2003