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3244 - Weapons and Firearms Policy

Policy 3244


Weapons and Firearms

It is the policy of the Pasco School District that there be no tolerance for the possession or use of weapons or firearms by students. Students may not possess or use weapons on school property, on school-provided transportation, in areas or facilities being used exclusively by a school, or at school-sponsored events or activities.

Weapons prohibited by this policy include firearms, “dangerous weapons”, and “deadly weapons” as defined under federal and state law. Weapons prohibited by this policy also include explosives, items capable of producing bodily harm, and objects, including toys or replicas, that can be reasonably used to inflict serious bodily injury when such an item is used with the intent to harm or intimidate another student, or when there is no other reasonable purpose for possessing the object except to use it as a weapon.

Possession or use of a firearm in violation of this policy shall result in a minimum one (1) year expulsion from the district. The superintendent or designee may modify the mandatory expulsion on a case-by-case basis. Exceptions to this policy may be made only as allowed by state law and authorized by the district.  Schools shall post “Gun-Free Zone” signs around their facilities.

Any student who possesses any weapon, other than a firearm, in violation of this policy may be expelled or be subject to other school discipline as provided in board policy and state law. 

The principal or designee shall promptly notify law enforcement and the student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) of an alleged violation of this policy.


Cross References:       Board Policy   4315                Regulation of Dangerous Weapons
                                                                                                            on School Premises
                                                            3300-3331       Corrective Actions or Punishments                                                                        

Legal References:       RCW   9.41.010                      Firearm defined
                                                9.41.250                      Dangerous weapon defined
                                                9.41.280                      Possessing dangerous weapons on school
                                                9.94A.602                   Deadly weapon defined
                                                28A.600.420               Firearms on school premises, transportation
                                                                                                or facilities— penalty—exemptions
                                    18 U.S.C. Sec. 921                  Firearm defined
                                    20 U.S.C. Sec. 8921                Gun Free Schools Act of 1994


Adoption Date:           August 14, 2007