|Manistee Area Schools|
|Bylaws & Policies|
5772 - WEAPONS
The Board of Education prohibits students from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the District, a school-sponsored event, or in a District vehicle without the permission of the Superintendent.
The term "weapon" means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, guns of any type whatsoever, including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.
This policy shall also encompass such actions as look-alike items, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition.
The Superintendent is authorized to establish instructional programs on weapons which require students to immediatelyreport knowledge of weapons and threats of violence by students and staff to the building principal. Failure to report such knowledge may subject the student to discipline up to and including suspension or expulsion from school.
The Superintendent will refer any student who violates this policy to the studentís parents or guardians and to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system. The student may also be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including expulsion.
Policy exceptions include:
|A.||weapons under the control of law enforcement personnel;|
|B.||items pre-approved by the building principal as part of a class or individual presentation under adult supervision, if used for the purpose and in the manner approved;|
|C.||theatrical props used in appropriate settings.|
This policy will be published annually in all District student and staff handbooks. Publication is not a precondition to enforcement of this policy.
M.C.L.A. 380.1311, 380.1312(1), 380.1313
20 U.S.C. 7151