The Governing Board of CEC has determined that possession and/or use of a weapon by students is detrimental to the welfare and safety of the students and school personnel. Mandatory expulsion is required in accordance with state and federal law. Carrying, bring, using or possessing a dangerous weapon in any building at CEC, on school grounds, in any school vehicle or at any school-sponsored activity without the authorization of CEC 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. If a student discovers that he or she has carried, brought or is in possession of a dangerous weapon and the student notifies a teacher, or other authorized person in the school, and as soon as possible delivers the dangerous weapon to that person, expulsion shall not be mandatory and such action shall be considered when determining appropriate disciplinary action, if any. As used in this policy, “dangerous weapon” means:
- A firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, or a firearm facsimile that could reasonably be mistaken for an actual firearm.
- Any pellet, BB gun or other device, whether operational or not, designed to propel projectiles by spring action or compressed air.
- A fixed blade knife with a blade that measures longer than three inches in length or a spring loaded knife or pocket knife with a blade longer than three and one-half inches.
- 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 slingshot, bludgeon, brass knuckles or artificial knuckles of any kind.
In accordance with federal law:
- Mandatory expulsion is required from school for a period of not less than one year for a student who is determined to have brought a firearm to school, or to have possessed a firearm at the school.
- Allowance is given to the Administrator of CEC to modify the length/term of the expulsion on a case-by-case basis if such modification is in writing, and
- Mandatory referral to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system (which can be local law enforcement) of any student who brings a firearm or weapon to school. In such case, school personnel shall consult with law enforcement to determine whether referral of the student to law enforcement is necessary and how to properly dispose of the firearm or weapon or return it to its owner.
In accordance with policy at CEC:
- The Governing Board of CEC determines that extra precautions are important and necessary to provide for student safety. Therefore, the carry, bringing or possessing of any knife, regardless of the length of the blade, in any school building, on school grounds, in any school vehicle or any school-sponsored activity without express authorization is prohibited. Students who violate or discovers that he or she has carried, brought or is in possession of a knife and the student notifies a teacher or other authorized person in the school and as soon as possible delivers the knife to that person, expulsion shall not be mandatory and such action shall be considered when determining appropriate disciplinary action, if any.
CEC will maintain records which describe the circumstances involving expulsions of student who bring weapons to school including the number of students expelled and the types of weapons involved as required by law.
18 U.S.C. 921 (a)(3) (federal definition of "firearm")
20 U.S.C. 7151 (Gun-Free Schools Act)
20 U.S.C. 7151 (h) (requiring schools to have policies requiring referral to law enforcement)
C.R.S. 18-1-901 (3)(h) (state law definition of "firearm")
C.R.S. 22-32-109.1 (2)(a)(I)(G) (policy required as part of safe schools plan)
C.R.S. 22-33-102 (4) (definition of dangerous weapon)
C.R.S. 22-33-106 (1) (grounds for suspension, expulsion, denial of admission) C.R.S. 22-33-106 (1)(f) (must adopt policy regarding firearm facsimiles)
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