Policy - 1217 Weapons

Last Revised on June 23, 2014

The School Board prohibits staff members from possessing, storing, making, or using a weapon (as defined below) in any setting that is under the control and supervision of the Corporation for the purpose of school activities approved and authorized by the Corporation including, but not limited to, property leased, owned, or contracted for by the Corporation, a school-sponsored event, or in a Corporation vehicle. 

The possession of a firearm by anyone in or on school property, in or on property that is being used by a school for a school function, or on a school bus is a felony under state and federal law (I.C. 35-47-9-2) and the Federal Gun Free School Zone Act, unless an exemption applies. (I.C. 35-47-9-1).  No school employee may possess a firearm in a school building or on school property while on duty as a school employee unless the firearm is locked in the trunk of the employee’s vehicle, kept in the glove compartment of the employee’s locked vehicle or stored out of plain sight in the employee’s locked vehicle, except as otherwise authorized by the board.

The term “weapon” means any object which, in the manner in which it is used, intended to be used, or represented, is capable of inflicting serious bodily harm or property damage, as well as endangering the health or safety of persons. Weapons include, but are not limited to, firearms, tasers, handguns, stun guns, guns of any type whatsoever, including air and gas-powered guns (whether loaded or unloaded), knives, razors, clubs, electric weapons, chemical weapons, metallic knuckles, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and destructive devices (bombs, incendiary, grenade, Molotov cocktail, rocket with a propellant charge of more than four (4) ounces, etc.). A "knife" is defined as "an instrument that: 1) consists of a sharp edge or sharp pointed blade capable of inflicting cutting, stabbing, or tearing wounds; and 2) is intended to be used as a weapon." I.C. 35-47-5-2.5(a) This policy will also encompass such actions as possession of look-alike items, false fire alarms, bomb threats, or intentional calls to falsely report a dangerous condition.

The Superintendent will report any staff members who violates this policy to the law enforcement agency having jurisdiction over the property where the offense occurs. The staff members also may be subject to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. 

Staff members must report knowledge of dangerous weapons and/or threats of violence by students, staff members, or visitors to law enforcement. Failure to report such information may subject the staff member to disciplinary action, up to and including termination. 

Exceptions to this policy include:

·       items approved by a principal as part of a class or individual presentation under adult supervision, if used for the purpose of and in the manner approved; (Working firearms and ammunition shall never be approved.)

·       theatrical props used in appropriate settings;

·       starter pistols used in appropriate school related sporting events.

I.C. 20-33-8-16 I.C. 20-33-9-1 et seq.

I.C. 34-28-7-2(b)

I.C. 35-41-1-8

I.C. 35-47-5-2.5

I.C. 35-47-9

I.C. 35-41-1-4.3

20 U.S.C. 7151

Revised 06/23/14