Weapons policy clear

The Mingus Union High School District is pretty straightforward as far as its "Weapons in School" policy goes.

The policy states in part:

"No student shall carry or possess a weapon or simulated weapon on school premises without the authorization by a school administrator. No student shall use or threaten to use a weapon or a simulated weapon to disrupt any activity of the District.

"Any employee who observes any person in possession of a weapon or simulated weapon on school premises shall immediately report the matter to the school administrator. A school administrator who observes or receives a report of a student possessing a weapon on school premises shall immediately take appropriate safety and disciplinary actions in accordance with District policies and shall immediately report a violation of this policy to a peace officer, pursuant to A.R.S. 15-515, if the weapon is a deadly weapon or the student is a minor in possession of a firearm.

"A student who violates this policy by carrying or possessing a firearm shall be placed in an alternative education program for a period of not less than one year, suspended for a period of not less than one year, or expelled and not to be re-admitted within a one-year period, if ever. The Governing Board, in its sole discretion, may modify the one-year duration of such disciplinary action on a case-by-case basis.

"A student who violates this policy by any means other than carrying or possessing a firearm shall be subject to disciplinary action, including but not limited to expulsion. Disciplinary action against a student with one or more disabilities shall be applied on a case-by-case basis in accordance with District policies and state and federal special education laws."

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