The Board of School Directors prohibits assaults, violence and possession of weapons or replicas of weapons by students on school property. Possession of a weapon or replica of a weapon on school property or on a school bus shall be classified as a misdemeanor of the first degree. Assault on a fellow student or school staff member shall be considered a misdemeanor of the first degree. Students and parents should be aware of several conditions in these regulations:
Weapon includes, but is not limited to, firearms or replicas of firearms, knives or replicas of knives, metal knuckles or replicas of metal knuckles, straight razors or razors of any type, razor blades, cutting instruments of any nature including those individually fabricated, explosives, mace, noxious and/or irritating or poisonous gases, poisons, drugs or other items fashioned with the intent to use, sell, harm, threaten or harass students, staff members, parents or others legally upon school district premises. Students and parents should be aware of the guidelines established by this policy:
1. A misdemeanor of the first degree is punishable by a fine up to $10,000 and/or imprisonment up to five (5) years
2. Any attempt to cause bodily injury to a member of the school staff, a school official or a fellow student, premeditated or not, is classified as aggravated assault and also is a misdemeanor of the first degree.
3. By School Board policy, any incident in which a weapon is involved or which includes a criminal and/or violent act will be reported both to the police and the Superintendent.
4. Any student inciting misbehavior of another student will be subject to the same penalties as the student who exhibits or is accused of the misbehavior.
5. If a student verbally or physically harasses another student, the student doing the harassing will be subject to a minimum of a three-day out-of-school suspension.
The school district shall expel, for a period of not less than one (1) year, any student who brings a weapon onto any school property, and school sponsored activity or any public conveyance providing transportation to a school or school sponsored activity. The Superintendent may recommend discipline short of expulsion on a case-by-case basis. In the case of an exceptional student, the Superintendent shall take all necessary steps to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The Superintendent shall report the discovery of any weapon prohibited by this policy to local law enforcement officials and shall report all incidents relating to expulsions for possession of a weapon on school grounds to the Department of Education. Acts of violence or possession of a weapon by any person on school property in violation of this policy shall be reported to the Office for Safe Schools on the designated form twice per year, as required, and to the Board of School Directors.