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Weapons in School

 

 

Weapons in School- Policy JICI-G

 

The Board of Education determines that possession and/or use of a weapon by students is detrimental to the welfare and safety of the students and school personnel within the district. Possession is defined as having physical possession of a deadly weapon/weapon/facsimile, or the deadly weapon/weapon/facsimile being under the control of a student whether it be in a car, locker, backpack, or other location, under the control of or belonging to the student while on school grounds.

 

Dangerous Weapons

Carrying, bringing, using or possessing a dangerous weapon on district property, when being transported in vehicles dispatched by the district or one of its schools, during a school-sponsored or district-sponsored activity or event, and off school property when the conduct has a reasonable connection to school or any district curricular or non-curricular event without the authorization of the school or the school district is prohibited. An exception to this policy may be made for students participating in an authorized extracurricular activity or team involving the use of firearms. As used in this policy, “dangerous weapon” means:

  1. A firearm, whether loaded or unloaded
  2. Any pellet, BB gun or other device, whether operational or not, designed to propel projectiles by spring action or compressed air.
  3. A fixed blade knife, a spring-loaded knife, or a pocket knife, regardless of blade length.
  4. Any object, device, instrument, material, or substance, whether animate or inanimate, used or intended to be used to inflict death or serious bodily injury including, but not limited to box- cutters, chemical spray (pepper spray or mace), tazers or stun guns, slingshot, numchakas, spring gun, throwing star, bludgeon, brass knuckles or artificial knuckles of any kind.

 

Discretionary Discipline in Accordance with State Law

As used in this policy, “weapon” means any object which is generally used for nonviolent or non-dangerous purposes, but which can be considered a weapon under this policy as a result of its use or intended or threatened use. For example, a baseball bat is ordinarily not considered a weapon; however, when used or threatened to be used to strike the head of another person in a fight, it will be considered a weapon under this policy. Examples of objects which may, under given circumstances, be weapons include, but are not limited to, rocks, bottles and cans, chains, shoes, especially military style boots, bats, ropes, mace or similar noxious chemical substances used in a threatening or improper manner.

 

Firearm Facsimiles

Additionally, the carrying, using, actively displaying or threatening with the use of a firearm facsimile that could reasonably be mistaken for an actual firearm on district property, when being transported in vehicles dispatched by the district or one of its schools, during a school- sponsored or district-sponsored activity or event, and off school property when such conduct has a reasonable connection to school or any district curricular or non-curricular event without the authorization of the school or school district is prohibited. Students who violate this policy provision may be subject to disciplinary action including but not limited to suspension and/or expulsion.

A student may seek prior authorization from the building principal to carry, bring, use or possess a firearm facsimile that could reasonably be mistaken for an actual firearm on school property for purposes of a school-related or non-school related activity. A student’s failure to obtain such prior authorization is a violation of this policy provision and may result in disciplinary action, including but not limited to suspension and/or expulsion. The principal’s decision to deny or permit a student to carry, bring, use or possess a firearm facsimile that could reasonably be mistaken for an actual firearm on school property shall be final.

 

Referral to Law Enforcement

In accordance with applicable law, school personnel shall refer any student who brings a firearm or weapon to school without authorization of the school or the school district to law enforcement. Any knife blade, fixed or otherwise, longer than three and one-half inches will automatically be turned into law enforcement agents for further investigation per Colorado state law.