No student shall carry or possess a weapon or simulated weapon on school premises without authorization by a school administrator. No student shall use or threaten to use a weapon or simulated weapon to disrupt any activity of the District.
Any employee who observes any person in possession of a weapon or simulated weapon on school premises shall immediately report the matter to the school administrator. A school administrator who observes or receives a report of a student possessing a weapon on school premises shall immediately take appropriate safety and disciplinary actions in accordance with District policies and shall immediately report a violation of this policy to a peace officer, pursuant to A.R.S. 15-515, if the weapon is a deadly weapon or the student is a minor in possession of a firearm.
A student who violates this policy by carrying or possessing a firearm shall be placed in an alternative education program for a period of not less than one (1) year, suspended for a period of not less than one (1) year, or expelled and not be readmitted within a one-year period, if ever. The Governing Board, in its sole discretion, may modify the one-year duration of such disciplinary action on a case-by-case basis.
A student who violates this policy by any means other than carrying or possessing a firearm shall be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to expulsion. Disciplinary action against a student with one (1) or more disabilities shall be applied on a case-by-case basis in accordance with District policies and state and federal special education laws.
For the purposes of this policy:
Adopted: July 12, 2005
Revised: July 27, 2010
Revised: August 14, 2012 [Format Change Only]
Revised: December 5, 2012 [Cross Reference Correction Only]
LEGAL REF.: A.R.S. 13-2911 Interference with or disruption of an educational institution
15-341 General Powers and Duties
15-841 Responsibilities of Pupils
13-3102 Misconduct involving weapons
15-843 Pupil disciplinary proceedings
13-3111Minors prohibited from carrying or possessing firearms
15-515 Duty to report violations occurring on school premises
20 U.S.C. 7151 Gun-free requirements