5131.7 – Student – Student Activities – Weapons and Dangerous Instruments

Policy –
Regulation – x
Exhibit –

Adopted – 11/6/1997
Revised –
Weapons and dangerous instruments include, but are not limited to:

1. Firearms: pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles, “zip guns,” “stun guns,” lasers, and any other device capable of propelling a projectile by the force of an explosion or other form of combustion
2. Knives: any dirks, daggers or other weapons with a fixed, sharpened blade fitted primarily for stabbing, weapons with a blade fitted primarily for stabbing, weapons with a blade longer than 3 1/2 inches, folding knives with a blade that locks into place, and razors with an unguarded blade (EC 48915)
3. Explosive and/or incendiary devices: pipe bombs, time bombs, cap guns, containers of inflammable fluids, and other hazardous devices
4. Any instrument that expels a metallic projectile, such as a BB or a pellet, through the force of air pressure, carbon dioxide pressure or spring action, or any spot marker gun (Penal Code 626.10)
5. Any other dangerous device, instrument or weapon, especially those defined in Penal Code 12020, including a blackjack, slingshot, billy, nunchaku, sandclub, sandbag, metal knuckles, or any metal plate with three or more radiating points with one or more sharp edges designed for use as a weapon
6. Any imitation firearm, defined as a replica of a firearm that is so substantially similar in physical properties to an existing firearm as to lead a reasonable person to conclude that the replica is a firearm (Education Code 48900)

***Note: Pursuant to Education Code 49334, a school employee who contacts a law enforcement agency about a student possessing an unauthorized weapon or dangerous instrument on campus cannot be disciplined for doing so, notwithstanding any district policy or regulation to the contrary. The employee must follow any other requirements of district policy or regulation upon notifying the law enforcement agency.***

If an employee knows that a student possesses any of the above devices, he/she shall do one of the following:

1. Confiscate the weapon and deliver it to the principal immediately
2. Immediately notify the principal, who shall take appropriate action
3. Immediately notify the local law enforcement agency and the principal

When informing the principal about the possession or seizure of a weapon or dangerous device, the employee shall report the name(s) of persons involved, witnesses, location, and the circumstances of any seizure.

The principal shall report any possession of a weapon or dangerous instrument, including imitation firearms, to the student’s parents/guardians by telephone or in person, and shall follow this notification with a letter.

See Policy #5131.7
CSBA Date – 2/96

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