Brevard County (Florida)
Administrative Procedures
 

7217 - WEAPON SITUATION - INCIDENT – STUDENT/EMPLOYEE WITH A GUN – DISPLAYED

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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This is primarily a law enforcement ACTION MATTER.

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This is primarily a law enforcement ACTION MATTER.

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Notify Area Superintendent, District Communications, Director of District and School Security

 

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Pre-plan with the law enforcement jurisdiction at the school site.

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Closest adult call 911 immediately.

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Prepare letter home to all parents to dispel rumors, calm fears.

 

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Parents and students sign drug and weapon policy at registration (Grades K-12/Adult Registration Addendum)

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Give as much information as possible-type of weapon, location of person with gun, name if known, description of person.

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Cooperate with police.

 

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Establish a lock down code.

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Adult on scene MAY ACT depending on the circumstance:

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Brief staff.

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Post search and seizure information.

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Give loud order to all students to "clear the area now."

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Support Appendix #77 – Record Keeping Process and Procedures for Critical Incident Response Reports and Training Documentation.

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Instruct student on dangers and consequences of weapons.

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Calmly ask person with weapon to "put the gun down."

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Establish a "response team" and alternates.

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Keep person in sight and order all other students to safety.

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School staff and teachers should report threats immediately to the School Resource Officer or local law enforcement.

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Calmly ask person to place the gun on the ground on the ground and step back from it.

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Critique incident.

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The gun may be picked up by an administrator only at their discretion.

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Be aware of and report any employee workplace violence potential.

 

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Student/employees shall report all violations.

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Two administrators should be on scene.

 

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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Support Appendix #66 – Children and Family Services (former HRS)/Law Enforcement – Student Interview Procedures (Arrest On Campus)

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If the situation dictates, one secures the weapon/one secures the suspect.

 

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Support Appendix #70 – Chain of Command.

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WAIT FOR POLICE IF THE PERSON IS VIOLENT-THREATENING-OR THEIR ACTIONS MAY PLACE OTHERS OR YOU IN DANGER.

 
 

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Support Appendix #71 – Emergency Phone Numbers.

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Determine if medical attention is needed.

 
 

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Notify parents.

 
 

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Support Appendix #80 – Sample Letters/Memos and Sample Media Statement

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Turn investigation over to local police.

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Request assistance from Guidance Counselors and School Crisis Team

 
   

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Locate and document any witnesses or other parties.

 

WEAPON SITUATION - INCIDENT – STUDENT/EMPLOYEE WITH

A GUN – CONCEALED

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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This is primarily a law enforcement ACTION MATTER.

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This is primarily a law enforcement ACTION MATTER.

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Obtain witness statements as soon as possible.

 

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Pre-plan with the law enforcement jurisdiction at the school site.

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Have student/employee disclose location and type of weapon.

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Contact Area Superintendent and Office of District and School Security.

 

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Parents and students sign drug and weapon policy at registration (Grades K-12/Adult Registration Addendum).

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Call 911.

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Notify District Communications.

 

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Develop a mechanism for anonymous reporting by students and others.

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Notify Administrator in charge immediately with: student/employee name, grade, type of weapon, location of weapon, location of student/employee.

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Critique incident and change as needed.

 

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Student/employees shall report all violations.

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School-based response team and the police access the situation.

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Prepare written reports.

 

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Offer classes to students that will enhance "weapon awareness" _ DARE, GREAT, etc. may be used.

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STOP – PLAN - ACT

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Support Appendix #77 – Record Keeping Process and Procedures for Critical Incident Response Reports and Training Documentation.

 

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Post signs regarding search and seizure police

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Initiate appropriate response to weapon location and parent notification.

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Critique incident.

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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Establish a trained "response team" comfortable with securing a weapon.

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Isolate student/employee from others

   
 

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Support Appendix #66 – Children and Family Services (former HRS)/Law Enforcement – Student Interview Procedures (Arrest on Campus).

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If the weapon is taken away from student by the administrator and/or police or if the weapon is in a book bag, on the person of the student, or in some other moveable article, the student should NOT hand WEAPON to staff member. DO NOT ALLOW STUDENT TO TOUCH THE WEAPON. Administrator should attempt to secure the weapon in a safe area so it can be stored safely until police or Office of District and School Security arrive.

   
 

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Support Appendix #70 – Chain of Command.

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Locker or area should be opened by school or law enforcement officer.

   
 

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Support Appendix #71 – Emergency Phone Numbers.

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If a weapon is located by an Administrator prior to arrival of police, it should be placed carefully into a box on a towel or cloth and bring it to the office until police arrive.

   
 

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Have a plan to follow through with procedures for consequences to include criminal charges.

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DO NOT STICK IT IN YOUR POCKET OR ATTEMPT TO UNLOAD IT, REMOVE A MAGAZINE OR OPEN IT. "WAIT FOR POLICE."

   

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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Support Appendix #80 – Sample Letters/Memos and Sample Media Statement.

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DO NOT CARRY A RECOVERED WEAPON SO IT CAN BE EASILY SEEN BY STUDENTS.

   

WEAPON SITUATION - INCIDENT – DISCHARGE OF FIREARM

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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This is primarily a law enforcement ACTION MATTER.

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This is primarily a law enforcement ACTION MATTER.

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Prepare written report(s) of incidents.

 

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Pre-plan with the law enforcement jurisdiction at the school site.

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Call 911.

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Prepare written notification/letter to be sent home to parents.

 

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Parents and students sign drug and weapon policy at registration (Grades K-12/Adult Registration Addendum)

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Call for an administrator.

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Counsel students are needed.

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Call for resource officer or local law enforcement.

 

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Train custodians to be eyes and ears of the school.

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Give as much information as possible – weapon, type, injuries, location of incident, name of person with weapon.

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Brief staff of incident to dispel erroneous information.

 

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Have pre-determined School Crisis Team members and alternates.

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Secure students/employees away from immediate threat.

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Support Appendix #70 – Chain of Command.

 

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Stay abreast of gang or violence threats – talk to local police.

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Determine if medical attention is needed.

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Support Appendix #77 – Record Keeping Process and Procedures for Critical Incident Response Reports and Training Documentation.

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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Offer classes from DARE or other officers on weapons to students and staff.

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DO NOT provoke person with weapon!

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Review incident with school administration and critique overall efforts. Change as needed.

 

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Establish a "LOCK DOWN" procedure.

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Locate and document witnesses or any other parties.

   
 

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Post "search and seizure" information.

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Initiate lock down.

   
 

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Be aware of and report any employee/student site violence potential.

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Manually override bell for class change or make P.A. announcement.

   
 

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Students/employees shall report all violations.

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As soon as feasible, separate witness to obtain written statements.

   
 

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Support Appendix #66 – Children and Family Services (former HRS)/Law Enforcement – Student Interview Procedures (Arrest on Campus)

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Notify Area Superintendent and Public Information Officer.

   
 

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Support Appendix #71 – Emergency Phone Numbers.

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Notify Office of District and School Security

   
 

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Support Appendix #80 – Sample Letters/Memos and Sample Media Statement Phone Numbers.

       

WEAPON SITUATION - INCIDENT – DISPLAYED KNIFE

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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This primarily a law enforcement ACTION MATTER.

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This is primarily a law enforcement ACTION MATTER.

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Prepare written reports based on facts, observations, statements.

 

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Pre-plan with the law enforcement jurisdiction at the school site.

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Call police and/or notify School/Resource Officer.

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Contact Area Superintendent.

 

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Parents and students sign drug and weapon policy at registration (Grades K-12/Adult Registration Addendum)

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Once information is received, two school personnel should assess threat level of student and setting.

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Follow appropriate discipline plan.

 

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Teachers review handbook with students.

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Administrator gives loud order to "clear the area" if in a crowd.

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Meet with parents.

 

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Dean reviews School Board Policy the second day of school.

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Student is called to by name – to "drop the weapon".

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Prepare for media/notify District Communications.

 

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Post search and seizure information.

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If non-threatening situation, one Administrator secures the knife when it’s laid down on the ground. Instruct student to back away. Wait for police if needed.

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Support Appendix #77 – Record Keeping Process and Procedures for Critical Incident Response Reports and Training Documentation.

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Instruct students on dangers and consequence of weapons.

 

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Students/employees shall report all violations.

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Determine and call medical assistance as needed.

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Critique/review handling of incident.

 

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Support Appendix #70 – Chain of Command.

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Remove student to a safe area.

   

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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Support Appendix #71 Emergency Phone Numbers

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Identify, isolate and document any witnesses, victims or other parties involved.

   
 
   

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Notify the parents.

 
 
   

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Notify Office of District and School Security.

 
 
   

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Follow District procedures for consequences to include criminal charges.

 

WEAPON SITUATION - INCIDENT – STUDENT WITH KNIFE CONCEALED

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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Pre-plan with the law enforcement jurisdiction at the school site.

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If needed, before approaching student – School Resource Officer or local police agency should be called.

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Prepare written report of incident.

 

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Parents and students sign drug and weapon policy at registration (Grades K-12/Adult Registration Addendum)

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Once information is received – TWO school personnel should assess threat level of student and setting.

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Notify Area Superintendent.

 

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Teachers review handbook with students.

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If administrator in charge determines situation can be handled safely and calmly, student should be isolated.

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Counsel students as needed.

Pre – Plan Action

Immediate Action

Follow up Action

 

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Dean reviews School Board policy the second day of school with all students.

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If the knife is taken away from student by the administrator and/or police, the student should NOT hand knife to staff member. DO NOT ALLOW STUDENT TO TOUCH THE KNIFE. Administrator should attempt to secure the weapon in a safe area so it can be stored safely until police or Office of District and School Security arrive.

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Support Appendix #77 – Record Keeping Process and Procedures for Critical Incident Response Reports and Training Documentation.

 

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CPI training should be offered to staff members interested.

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If weapon is in a locker, Administrator removes the knife and secures it with police or to the front office.

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Review incident and critique overall efforts.

 

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Post search and seizure information.

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Notify parents.

   
 

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Administration should have working knowledge of student histories.

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Notify Office of District and School Security.

   
 

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Support Appendix #70 – Chain of Command

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Notify Director of District and School Security.

   
 

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Support Appendix #71 – Emergency Phone Numbers.

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Follow District procedures for consequences.

   
 
   

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Locate, identify and document any witnesses.

   
 
   

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DO NOT CARRY A RECOVERED WEAPON SO IT CAN BE EASILY SEEN BY STUDENTS.

   

Technical 1/17/08