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SoVaNow.com / February 18, 2013With the support of local law enforcement agencies, there have been three searches this school year at Halifax County High School. During the searches, drugs and guns were found on school grounds. The safety of students is a priority for the Halifax County School Board Chairman Kim Farson pointed out.
Because of the increase in school violence nationwide involving weapons and drugs, the School Board is asking anyone with children involved in the school system to please take time to review with your child the drugs/weapons sections of the Code of Student Conduct. The School Board takes these violations very seriously and will refer to the zero tolerance procedure with anyone violating these policies. Let these searches serve as a reminder that weapons and drugs will not be tolerated on school property.
Excerpts from Code of Student Conduct:
10. Use and/or Possession of Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs Smoking is considered a health hazard by medical authorities. Students shall not smoke on school buses (including activity buses), in the school building, satellite locations, school-related activities, or in the parking area at any time.
A student shall not possess, use, and/or distribute alcohol, tobacco and/or tobacco products, or other drugs on school property on school buses, or during school activities, on or off school property. This includes, but may not be limited to, smokeless tobacco, anabolic steroids, drug paraphernalia, and any prescription or non-prescription drug.
A student shall not possess, procure, or purchase or attempt to possess, procure, or purchase, or be under the influence of any restricted substance (legal intoxication not required), or use or consume or attempt to use or consume, any of the restricted substances listed in this regulation or what is represented by or to the student to be any of the restricted substances listed in this regulation or what the student believes is any of the restricted substances in this regulation. Restricted substances include alcoholic drinks, narcotic drugs, hallucinogens, stimulants, depressants, and anything else covered by the Drug Control Act referenced in number eleven (11), as well as any abusable glue, paint, and similar materials, anabolic steroids, inhalants and both prescription and non-prescription drugs if they are not taken according to the prescription or directions on the package, and includes anything that a student represents to be a restricted substance or which a student believes is a restricted substance.
Elementary Corrective Actions: Dispositions for tobacco offenses will be assigned at the principal’s discretion from the list of corrective actions at the beginning of this section. Alcohol and other drug related violations will result in Out-of-School Suspension and possible recommendation for Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion; police will be notified.
Secondary Corrective Actions: Tobacco violations will result in After-School Intervention, Out-of-School Suspension, and possible recommendation for Long-Term Suspension. Alcohol and other drug related violations will result in Out-of-School Suspension and possible recommendation for Long-Term Suspension or Expulsion; police will be notified.
11. Possession, Distribution or Sale of Illegal Drugs or Distribution with Intent to Sell
Students shall not possess, manufacture, give, sell, distribute or posses with intent to give, sell or distribute marijuana, look-alike drugs, or other controlled substance as defined in the Drug Control Act, Chapter 15.1 of Title 54 of the Code of Virginia.
Corrective Actions: The student will be immediately suspended from school and recommended for Expulsion. In all instances the police will be notified.
27. Possession or Use of Weapons or Other Dangerous Articles
Students shall not have in their possession any type of unauthorized firearm or other article which may be used as a weapon, regardless of whether it is commonly accepted as such. Such weapons include but are not limited to:
Any pistol, shotgun, taser, revolver, or other firearm listed in the §22.1-277.07, of the Code of Virginia, designed or intended to propel a projectile of any kind, including a rifle.
Unloaded firearms in closed containers
Any air rifle or BB gun
Toy guns and look-alike guns if used or threatened to be used to induce fear of bodily harm as indicated in §18.2-282 of the Code of Virginia.
Any dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, knife, or razor
Brass or metal knuckles, blackjacks
Any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely
Any disc of whatever configuration having at least two points or pointed blade and which is designed to be thrown or propelled
Destructive devices as defined in §22.1-277.07(D), of the Code of Virginia, or dangerous articles.
Corrective Actions: The student will be immediately suspended from school and recommended for Expulsion. In all cases the police will be notified.
CommentsEach case or incident should be treated on an individual basis. I challenge our HCPS to conduct a BUILDING search. I also challenge administration to NOT turn their heads when they smell tobacco or pot smoke errupting from bathrooms and stairways!! Face it, we have gang activity, illegal drug activity and smoking in the bathrooms! Not to mention disruptive behaviour, defiant kids not wanting to go to class. There are much BIGGER fish to fry in the system than parking lot raids!
- By Christy on 02 / 21 / 13
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