South-Western City School District
Bylaws & Policies
 

5772 - DANGEROUS WEAPONS IN THE SCHOOLS

The Board is committed to providing the students of the District with an educational environment free of the dangers of firearms, knives and other dangerous weapons in the schools.

Weapons In General

Students in the South-Western City School District shall not possess, conceal, handle, transmit weapons, fireworks or any other dangerous instruments, look-alike weapons, or any object which might be reasonably considered a dangerous weapon capable of inflicting bodily harm on the school grounds before, during or after school hours or at school functions, activities, or events.

The Superintendent, assistant superintendent or central office administrator as well as the proper authorities must be notified immediately when the principal or other school personnel gain knowledge of these types of violations. Persons violating this section of the law and policy regulation shall be subject to immediate suspension from school and possible expulsion, including the expulsion provisions below.

Firearms

Students are prohibited from bringing a firearm onto school property, into a school vehicle, or to any school-sponsored activity. A firearm includes:

 A.any weapon (including a starter gun) which will or is designed to or may readily be converted to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive;

 B.the frame or receiver of any such weapon;

 C.any firearm muffler or firearm silencer; or

 D.any destructive device, which means any explosive or incendiary or poison gasó

  1.bomb;

  2.grenade;

  3.rocket having a propellant charge of more than four (4) ounces;

  4.missile having an explosive or incendiary charge of more than one quarter ounce;

  5.mine; or

  6.a device similar to the devices described in the preceding clauses;

 E.any type of weapon by whatever name known which will, or which may readily be converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has any barrel with a bore of more than one-half inch in diameter; and

 F.any combination of parts either designated or intended for use in converting any device into any destructive device described in subparagraph (A) or (B) and from which a destructive device may be readily assembled. 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(3)and(4)

As required by law, an "antique firearm" meeting the definition of 18 U.S.C. 921(a)(16) shall be excluded from this definition.

If a student brings a firearm onto school property, into a school vehicle, or to any school-sponsored activity, the Superintendent shall either (1) permanently exclude the student from school or (2) expel the student from school for a period of one (1) calendar year. The Superintendent shall also notify the appropriate criminal justice or juvenile delinquency authorities of the violation as required by law.

Any such permanent exclusion shall be recommended by the Superintendent for revocation only if the revocation is effective at least one (1) year following the last firearm incident. Any such expulsion shall extend, as necessary, into the next school year (the school year following the school year in which the incident occurred). The Superintendent may reduce the one (1) year expulsion on a case-by-case basis.

A permanent exclusion may be recommended for revocation by the Superintendent or an expulsion may be reduced from a one (1) year period to a lesser period for the following reasons: (1) when required to comply with applicable Federal or State law related to the education of students with disabilities; or (2) when the Superintendent, in his/her discretion, determines that the interests of the expelled student are served, and the interests of other students, school employees, and members of the community are not disproportionately disserved, by such a reduction.

For a weapons violation, the Superintendent may require the student to perform community service in conjunction with, but not in place of, expulsion as required by this policy.

Knives

Students are also prohibited from bringing knives onto school property, into a school vehicle, or to any school-sponsored activity.

A knife includes any instrument that possesses a pointed or sharp-edged blade of metal or other rigid material and that is designed for or can be used for cutting, slicing, piercing, or stabbing, including, but not limited to, straight razors, utility knives, box-cutters, ice picks, pocketknives, switchblades, razor blades, and buck knives.

If a student brings a knife onto school property, into a school vehicle, or to any school-sponsored activity, the Superintendent may expel the student from school for a period up to one (1) year. The Superintendent may extend the expulsion, as necessary, into the next school year and may reduce the expulsion on a case-by-case basis according to the expulsion reduction guidelines established in this policy.

A student may also be expelled for a period not to exceed one (1) year if the student possesses a firearm or knife in school or on school property, at school-sponsored activities or events whether on or off school premises, in any vehicle whose use is controlled, organized, or arranged by the Board, or at any location when the student is subject to the authority of the Board and school personnel, where the firearm or knife was initially brought onto the premises by another person. An expulsion under this paragraph shall extend, as necessary, into the next school year and may reduce the expulsion on a case-by-case basis according to the expulsion reduction guidelines established in this policy.

CROSS REFS.: Permanent Exclusion - 5610.01

Student Conduct - 5500

Student Suspension - 5610.05

Emergency Removal of Students - 5610.03

Student Expulsion - 5610.06

R.C. 2923.122, 3313.20, 3313.66, 3313.661
18 U.S.C. 921, 20 U.S.C. 8922, 20 U.S.C. 7151

Adopted 9/13/93
Revised 11/20/95
Revised 5/14/01
Revised 7/12/04
Revised 8/8/05