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La Canada USD |  BP  5131.7  Students

Weapons And Dangerous Instruments   

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The Governing Board desires students and staff to be free from the fear and danger presented by firearms and other weapons and recognizes that they have the right to a safe and secure campus free from psychological and physical harm.

Possession of Weapons

The Board prohibits any persons 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.

The Board prohibits any students 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 or while going to or coming from school.

Unless he/she has obtained prior written permission as specified below, any student who is determined to have brought a firearm to school or possesses a firearm at school, as verified by a school employee, shall be expelled for not less than one year, except that the Board may set an earlier date for readmission on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with board policy and administrative regulations. (Education Code 48915; 20 USC 7151)

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

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

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. 3515 - School Safety and Security)

(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.

The principal may pre-approve the use of a replica of a weapon for instructional purposes such as drama.

(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)

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 Dangerous 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.

Incident reports and records shall not identify the student who reported the possession.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

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

PENAL CODE

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

653k Soliciting a minor to commit certain felonies

12001 Control of deadly weapons

12020-12036 Unlawful carrying and possession of concealed weapons

12220 Unauthorized possession of a machine gun

12401-12404 Tear gas

12550-12556 BB devices and imitation firearms

UNITED STATES CODE, TITLE 20

6301-7941 No Child Left Behind Act; especially:

7151 Gun-Free Schools Act

Management Resources:

CSBA PUBLICATIONS

911: A Manual for Schools and the Media During a Campus Crisis, 2001

Protecting Our Schools: Governing Board Strategies to Combat School Violence, 1999

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION COMMUNICATIONS

0401.01 Protecting Student Identification in Reporting Injurious Objects

WEB SITES

CSBA: http://www.csba.org

California Attorney General's Crime and Violence Prevention Center: http://www.safestate.org

California Department of Education, Safe Schools: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/ss

National Alliance for Safe Schools: http://www.safeschools.org

National School Safety Center: http:/ www.schoolsafety.us

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osdfs/index.html

Policy LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: October 21, 2008 La Canada Flintridge, California