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General

The Board of Trustees desires to keep district schools and students free from the threats or harmful influence of any groups or gangs which advocate drug use, violence, or disruptive behavior. A gang is defined in this policy as "any group of persons who distinguish themselves from other groups with a common name or common identifying symbol, have as one of their primary activities the commission of criminal acts as set forth in the Penal Code, and whose members individually or collectively engage in or have engaged in a pattern of criminal or delinquent acts or criminal gang activity.

The Board, therefore, prohibits the wearing, use, possession, distribution, display, or presence of any apparel, jewelry, emblem, badge, symbol, sign, accessory, notebook, or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement, trademark or any other attribute, is recognized as, or denotes membership or affiliation with any gang.

Student Conduct

No student on or about school property or at any school- sponsored activity shall commit any act or omission or use any speech, either verbal or non-verbal, denoting membership, affiliation or support for any gang or other group engaging in illegal activity.

No student on or about school property or at any school- sponsored activity shall use any speech or commit any act or omission in furtherance of the interests of any gang or other group engaging in illegal activities. This conduct includes, but is not limited to the following:

1. Soliciting others for membership in such groups.

2. Intimidating or threatening any person.

3. Committing any other illegal act or other violation of school district policy.

4. Inciting other students to act with physical violence upon another student.

Staff Training

The Superintendent or designee shall provide inservice training which helps staff to identify gangs and gang symbols, recognize early manifestations of disruptive activities, and respond appropriately to gang behavior. Staff shall be informed about conflict management techniques, and alerted to intervention measures, as well as community resources.

Superintendent to Develop Regulations

The Superintendent shall formulate such regulation(s) as necessary to implement this policy.

Legal Reference:

EDUCATION CODE

3515.1 Crime Date Reporting

35183 Dress Codes and School Uniforms

35294.1 School Safety Plans

58730-58736 Gang Risk Intervention Programs

51264-51566.5 Inservice Training Gang Violence and Drug and Alcohol Abuse Prevention

48907 Student Exercise of Free Expression

48950 Student Free Speech Rights

PENAL CODE

13826 et seq Gang Violence Suppression

California Constitution

Article 1, 28(a) Safe Schools Act

Policy SWEETWATER UNION HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

adopted: November 17, 2008 Chula Vista, California