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106 DANGEROUS WEAPONS AND INSTRUMENTS USED AS WEAPONS

Members of the school community have the right to attend schools and school activities that are safe.  Schools and patrons are not safe if members of the school community bring, possess, or use an instrument as a dangerous weapon in school district facilities, on school district premises, on property within the jurisdiction of the school district, or at school district activities.  School district facilities are not an appropriate place for weapons, dangerous objects and look-a-likes.  Weapons and other dangerous objects and look-a-likes will be taken from students and others who bring them on to the school district property or on to property within the jurisdiction of the school district or from students or others who are within the control of the school district.  Thus, the Iowa City Community School District has zero tolerance for any member of the school community who possesses, buys, sells, uses, or threatens to use a dangerous weapon in school district facilities, on school district premises, on property within the jurisdiction of the school district or at school district activities.  In addition, any member of the school community who illegally possesses, buys, sells, uses or threatens to use dangerous weapons off school premises may be subject to disciplinary action where safety considerations are at issue.  The Board may report any violation of this policy to law enforcement authorities.
 
Dangerous weapons or objects may include any object used to intimidate, coerce, scare, or threaten a member of the school community and shall be defined by applicable federal or state law. 
 
Students who possess weapons or dangerous object "look-a-likes" may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.  The weapon or object will be taken from the student or other individual who brings them into school district facilities, on school district premises, on property within the jurisdiction of the school district, or to school district activities.
 
Students bringing firearms to school or knowingly possessing firearms at school will be expelled for not less than one year.  The Superintendent has the authority to recommend the modification of this expulsion requirement on a case-by-case basis.  For purposes of this policy, the term "firearm" includes but is not limited to any weapon that is designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive, the frame or receiver of any such weapon, a muffler or silencer for such a weapon, or any explosive, incendiary or poison gas. 
 
Parents/guardians of students in violation of this policy will be notified of the incident.
 
Dangerous weapons brought or otherwise possessed by a staff member in school district facilities, on school district premises, on property within the jurisdiction of the school district, or at school district activities will be confiscated.  Confiscation of weapons shall be reported to the police, and the staff member will be subject to disciplinary action up to and including termination. 
 
Weapons under the control of law enforcement officials are exempt from this policy.  In addition, the principal may allow authorized persons to display weapons, other dangerous objects, or look-a-likes for educational purposes. 
 
It is the responsibility of the Superintendent, in conjunction with the principal, to develop administrative regulations regarding this policy.
 
 
Date of Adoption:     3/29/94
Revised:
10/25/94
10/28/97
8/25/01
8/23/11
 
References:              
No Child Left Behind, Title IV, Sec. 4141, P.L. 107-110 (2004).                    
Improving America's Schools Act of 1994, P.L. 103-382                                  
18 U.S.C. § 921 (2006).                                
McClain v. Lafayette County Bd. Of Education, 673 F.2d 106 (5th Cir. 1982).
Iowa Code §§ 279.8; 280.21B; 724 (2009)                                     .
281 I.A.C. 123(6)                                     
IASB Policy No. 502.6 (2011)