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Weapons And Dangerous Instruments   

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Weapons and dangerous instruments include, but are not limited to:

1. Firearms: pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, "zip guns," "stun guns," tasers, and any other device capable of propelling a projectile by the force of an explosion or other form of combustion

2. Cutting and puncturing devices: dirks, daggers, ice picks, knives, or razors

3. Explosive and/or incendiary devices: pipe bombs, time bombs, cap guns, containers of inflammable fluids, and other hazardous devices

4. Any instrument that expels a metallic projectile, such as a BB or a pellet, through the force of air pressure, carbon dioxide pressure or spring action, or any spot marker gun

5. Any other dangerous device, instrument or weapon, especially those defined in Penal Code 12020, including a blackjack, slingshot, billy, nunchaku, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, or any metal plate with three or more radiating points with one or more sharp edges designed for use as a weapon

6. Any imitation firearm, defined as a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm (Education Code 48900)

Any school employee may confiscate any of the above devices and any other dangerous device, instrument or weapon, especially those defined in Penal Code 12020, including a blackjack, slingshot, billy, nunchaku, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, or any metal plate with three or more radiating points with one or more sharp edges designed for use as a weapon. A school employee confiscating any weapon or dangerous instrument shall deliver it to the principal immediately.

If an employee knows that a student possesses a weapon or dangerous device which has not been confiscated, the employee shall report the matter to the principal immediately, and the principal shall take appropriate action. The employee may first contact the local law enforcement agency concerning student possession of any weapon or dangerous device.

When informing the principal about the possession or seizure of a weapon or dangerous device, the employee shall report the name(s) of persons involved, witnesses, location, and the circumstances of any seizure.

The principal or designee shall notify law enforcement authorities about any student possession of weapons and any acts of assault by a student with a firearm or other deadly weapon or instrument. (Education Code 48902, Penal Code 245, 626.9, 626.10)

The principal shall take disciplinary action which he/she determines proper in accordance with Governing Board policies and Regulations.

The principal shall report any possession of a weapon or dangerous instrument, including replicas, to the student's parents/guardians by telephone or in person, and shall follow this notification with a letter.

The principal may pre-approve the possession of a replica of a weapon for instruction purposes, such as drama.

Administrative LA CANADA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT

approval: May 13, 2003 La Canada Flintridge, California