Weapon Policy

WEAPONS POLICY

WEAPONS

Senate Bill 5307 prohibits firearms and weapons on school premises. The School Board specifically requires the immediate expulsion of any student who carries a gun on campus. This policy is extended to include toy guns.

Washington State Law states: “It is unlawful for any person to carry onto public or private elementary or secondary school premises… any firearm or dangerous weapon as defined by law.” This includes school transportation and areas of non-school facilities while in use for school activities. The law further stipulates that any violation of the above by an elementary or secondary student constitutes having to do specifically with firearms “shall result in expulsion and notification of law enforcement officials.”

Look alike (toy) weapons may be treated with the same severity.

A student carrying a dangerous weapon may be expelled; a student carrying a firearm must be expelled.

The school must notify law enforcement officials and the parent/guardian when this statute has been violated.

Students who possess a weapon or carry, exhibit, display or draw any weapon or any item apparently capable of producing bodily harm in a manner which, under the circumstances, intimidates another or warrants alarm for the safety of others will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion.

“Possession” includes, but is not limited to, having a weapon on district property or at a district-sponsored event located (a) in a space assigned to a student such as a locker or desk; (b) on the student’s person or property (such as on the student’s body, in his/her clothing, purse, backpack or gym bag); or (c) under the student’s control or accessible or available, such as hidden by the student.

It is our belief that all children have the right to a safe learning environment. To ensure that right, we have instituted the following no tolerance policies.


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