Board enacts school weapons policy

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By Carol A. Clark

School board members recognize that the presence of weapons in school creates unacceptable risks for injury and death and allows a climate that undermines the schools’ educational purposes.


“The safety of all children is important and we can’t have one child compromise that,” said Board President Steve Girrens in a follow-up interview Saturday.


He underwent foot surgery and was unable to vote on the issue. “If a child does bring a weapon to school then we need to get to the root cause and find a way to help that child.”


Accordingly, it is the policy of the school board to forbid the possession, custody or use of weapons by students in or around school property or at school sponsored activities.


During its regular meeting at Barranca Mesa Elementary School Thursday, the board unanimously approved Policy 5154, in part to implement the requirements of the federal Gun Free Schools Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. 8921.


It is the intention of the board that the policy be interpreted to conform to provisions of that law.


“All of the districts I looked at lump all weapons into one category,” Assistant Superintendent Kate Thomas said.


Policy 5154 has three category definitions:


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