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R 2620 Firearms and Weapons in School

Definition of Firearm

The term firearm includes, but is not limited to, such items as:

  1. Any item which is a loaded or unloaded weapon, weapon frame, or weapon barrel and which is designed to, or may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by action of an explosive, or
  2. Any item which will, or which may be readily converted to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive or other propellant, and which has a barrel with a bore of at least one?half inch in diameter, or
  3. Any explosive, incendiary, or poison gas, such as: bombs; grenades; rockets with a propellant charge of greater than four ounces; and other similar devices as recognized under federal law, or
  4. Any combination of parts either designed to or intended for use in converting any device into a device as described in paragraphs above.

Definition of Weapons

The term weapon shall mean a “firearm” as defined above, and shall also include the items listed below, which are defined as “weapons” in section 571.010,RSMo.

  1. Blackjack
  2. Concealable firearm
  3. Explosive weapon
  4. Firearm
  5. Firearm silencer
  6. Gas gun
  7. Knife
  8. Machine gun
  9. Knuckles
  10. Projectile weapon
  11. Rifle
  12. Shotgun
  13. Spring gun
  14. Switchblade knife

Other weapons, including but not limited to:

  1. Pepper spray
  2. Stun gun
  3. Mace spray
  4. Any knife, regardless of blade length (optional)
  5. Items customarily used, or which can be used, to inflict injury upon another person or property.

Students Who Bring Firearms or Weapons to School

The District will take the following action upon determining that a student has brought a firearm or weapon to school:

  1. The District will refer the student to the appropriate criminal justice or juvenile delinquency system, and
  2. The District will suspend the student from school for a period of not less than one year (365 days) from the date of the infraction, and may, at its discretion, expel the student from school permanently.  This suspension provision may be modified on a case-by-case basis upon recommendation of the District Superintendent if the Superintendent determines that circumstances justify such a modification.
  3. The District may, at its discretion, provide a student suspended under this Regulation with educational services in an alternative setting.

Applicability of Regulation to Students with Disabilities

If the student who is determined to be in violation of this Regulation is a student with a disability under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, school administrators may assign the student to an alternative education placement, including suspension, for a period of up to forty-five (45) school days and/or take other steps to address the student’s misconduct, as permitted by law.  In such cases, the District and/or the student’s IEP team will follow all procedures required by state and federal law.

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Board Approved Date: May 7, 2015
Last Updated: May 2015