Weapon Policy

  • The St. Mary Parish School System has a zero tolerance for weapons.  The principal shall immediately suspend a student pending a hearing who is found carrying or possessing a firearm or knife, or other dangerous instrumentalities.  The student shall be suspended /expelled from school according to the following procedures:

    POSSESION OF FIREARMS

    1. 16 years or older and under 16 years and in grades 6 through 12, who are found guilty of possession of a firearm on School Board property, or on a school bus, on in actual possession in a school-sponsored event, shall be expelled for a maximum period of time allowable under state law for a minimum period of (4) four complete school semesters, and referred to the District Attorney’s Office.
    2. Grades K through 5 who are found guilty of possession of a firearm on School Board property, or on a school bus, or in actual possession at a school sponsored event shall be expelled for a maximum period of time allowable under state law, for a maximum period of (2) two complete school semesters and may be referred to the District Attorney’s Office.

    POSSESION OF WEAPONS

    Possession of a knife, or other dangerous instrumentalities, shall be suspended / expelled according to the following procedures:

    1. Students may be expelled from the Parish Public School System for the maximum period of time allowable under state law, for a minimum period of (2) two complete school semesters.
    2. Students Pre-K through 5, the principal shall immediately suspend a student who is found carrying or possessing a knife the blade of which equals or exceeds two inches in length. He also shall immediately recommend the student=s expulsion, except in the case of a student less than eleven years of age.

    No student expelled will be allowed to return to a parish public school without the documentation of enrollment and participation in a rehabilitation or counseling program relating to the expulsion.

    The superintendent or designee may modify the expulsion requirements on a case-by-case basis, providing that such modifications are in writing.

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