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5772 - Weapons

The Board prohibits students from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon, including a concealed weapon, in a school safety zone as defined by Florida statute and in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the District for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the District including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the District, a school-sponsored event, or in a District vehicle.

Weapons and firearms as defined in F.S. 790.001 and include, but are not limited to firearms, guns of any type, knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and explosives.

For purposes of this policy, the term "weapon" also means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, is intended to be used, or is represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health and safety of persons.

This policy shall also encompass such actions as look-alike items, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition.

The Superintendent is authorized to establish administrative procedures on weapons which require students to immediately report knowledge of weapons and threats of violence by students and staff to the building principal or site administration. Failure to report such knowledge may subject the student to immediate suspension and potential expulsion from school.

The Superintendent will refer any student who violates this policy to the student's parents or legal guardians and to the criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system. The student may also be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.

Items pre-approved by the building principal as part of a class or individual presentation or a theatrical prop used under adult supervision, if used for the purpose and in the manner approved, would be an exception to this policy. (Working firearms and any ammunition are not to be approved as part of a presentation.)

F.S. 790, 790.001, 1001.43(1)(a), 1006.07
20 U.S.C. 7151

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