Dangerous Objects, Firearms, Weapons, Explosives, Arson
Each student has the right to learn in a safe environment with others who respect their well-being. Carrying, bringing, using or possessing any firearm, dangerous device, or dangerous or deadly weapon in any school building, on school grounds, in any school vehicle or at any school-sponsored activity without the authorization of the school or the school division is prohibited. Bullets and other forms of ammunition are considered dangerous objects and are also prohibited.
Any student who brings a weapon, as defined within this section, to school shall be referred to the criminal justice or juvenile justice system. Violation of this policy shall require that proceedings for the discipline of the student involved be initiated immediately by the Principal. The following categories are considered extremely serious violations which threaten a suitable and secure learning environment:
- §22.1-277.07 of the Code of Virginia states than in compliance with the federal Improving America’s Schools Act of 1994 (Part F-Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994), a School Board shall expel from school attendance for a period of not less than one year any student whom such School Board has determined, in accordance with the procedures set forth in this article, to have possessed a firearm on school property or at a school- sponsored activity as prohibited by §18.2-308.1; to have possessed a firearm or destructive device as defined in subsection E, a firearm muffler or firearm silencer, or a pneumatic gun as defined in subsection E of §15.2-915.4 on school property or at a school-sponsored activity. Destructive device includes, but is not limited to, any explosive or incendiary device. §18.2-308.1 covers any (i) stun weapon as defined in this section; (ii) knife, except a pocket knife having a folding metal blade of less than three inches; or (iii) weapon, including a weapon of like kind, designated in subsection A of §18.2-308, other than a firearm. In addition to the definitions above, firearms include pellet guns, BB guns, CO2 air pistols, stun weapons, and any other device which meets the definition of firearm in the Code of Virginia. Weapons also include but are not limited to machetes, brass knuckles, switch blades, knives, Chinese stars, mace, sling shots, dirk, razor, spring sticks, black jacks, nun chucks, etc. The possession of representation of a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, operative or inoperative, on any school property, including buses, or during any school activity is prohibited unless specifically authorized by school officials. Possession includes bringing a firearm onto school property, storing it in a vehicle, locker, or other receptacle. Exceptions to mandatory expulsion are listed in the Code of Virginia. The School Board retains the authority, however, to expel a student for possession of any weapon. VIOLATION OF THIS RULE WILL RESULT IN AN IMMEDIATE RECOMMENDATION FOR EXPULSION.
- The possession of look-alike weapons, such as cap guns, squirt or water guns, toy pistols, comb knives, , is prohibited on school property.
- The use of a firearm, whether loaded or unloaded, operative or inoperative, WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC RECOMMENDATION FOR EXPULSION. Also included is the use of a look-alike firearm, cap gun, water gun, , in a manner which threatens a person’s safety or health.
- The use or the intent to use any material which may result in a fire on school property constitutes arson and is prohibited unless specifically authorized by school
Recommended Dispositions - one or more may apply
Conference with Parent
Instructional Support Services
In-School Suspension (ISS)
Alternative School Program
Law Enforcement Agencies/Fire Marshal must be notified
Recommendation for Expulsion to the School Board
Special Note: Gun Free Schools Act
For possession of firearms, dangerous objects, or weapons, parents and police authorities shall be notified immediately, and the student shall be suspended and recommended to the School Board for expulsion.
For students in grades pre-school through fifth grade, possession of a look-alike weapon, including toy weapons, parents shall be notified and assigned tasks, detention, or suspension may be imposed. For repeated violations the student may be suspended out of school for up to five days.
For students in grades six through twelve, possession of a look-alike weapon, including toy weapons, parents shall be notified and the student will be suspended out of school for three days on a first offense. For repeat offenses, parents and police authorities will be notified immediately. The student will be suspended for up to ten days. The use of the above mentioned objects and those objects noted in A & B used to intrude on the security and safety of fellow students or school personnel, will result in immediate recommendation for expulsion.
In accordance with section 22.1-277.07 of the Code of Virginia, a student who is determined to have brought a “firearm,” as defined below, on school property or to a school-sponsored activity shall be expelled for no less than one calendar year (365 days). The School Board may, however, deter- mine, based on the facts of the particular case, that special circumstances exist and another disciplinary action or term of expulsion is appropriate.
“Firearm,” for purposes of mandatory expulsion, means any weapon prohibited on school property or at a school sponsored activity pursuant to sections 18.2-308 and 308.1 of the Code of Virginia, or to section 22.1-277.07 of the Code of Virginia, or to Title 18 of the United States Code section 921.