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JICI - Possession of Weapons in School

Policy JICI

Adopted: March 21, 2024

The following are prohibited on school premises or at school-sponsored or school-related events, including athletic games:

  1. Possessing a dangerous weapon, ammunition, or explosives, including but not limited to, a gun (such as pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air gun or spring gun) slingshot, bludgeon, brass knuckles or artificial knuckles of any kind, or a knife or pocket knife; 

  2. Bringing to school or school-related events any replicas of weapons or toys that resemble weapons 

Considerations for Recognized Religious Artifacts Resembling Weapons

  • Sacred religious articles must be approved by the District according to Policy JICI before the start of each school year or before the student begins carrying the artifact. (See form)

  • If a sacred religious article does not meet the District’s metrics (see form), the District, according to Policy JICI, will consider school safety when determining if exceptions can be made.

  • The District reserves the right to suspend carrying a religious artifact during specific events.

Students who violate this policy are subject to (1) suspension or expulsion by the principal following appropriate due process, (2) referral to the police department and the Department of Social Services for further action, and (3) possible referral to the School Committee for an exclusionary hearing.

This policy and procedures consistent with this policy shall be printed in each school's handbook.


First Reading
March 5, 2009
March 7, 2024
Second Reading
March 19, 2009
March 21, 2024
Third Reading
April 2, 2009
April 2, 2009
March 21, 2024
Policy Cross Reference
Procedure Reference


Legal References:

20. U.S.C. 1232g (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)
Mass. Gen. Laws, c. 71, §37H (Reports of Weapons Violations)
Mass. Gen. Laws, c. 71, §37H ½ (Discipline of Students)
Mass. Gen. Laws, c. 76, §17 (Exclusion by the School Committee)
Mass. Gen. Laws, c. 269, §10 (Reports of Weapons in Schools to Police)



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