What is considered a weapon?
The Code of Virginia § 18.2-308.1 lists numerous types of weapons that are prohibited on school property or at school-sponsored events.
- stun guns;
- knife with a blade of three or more inches;
- pistol, revolver, or other weapon designed or intended to propel a missile of any kind by action of an explosion of any combustible material;
- dirk, bowie knife, switchblade knife, ballistic knife, machete, razor, slingshot, spring stick, metal knucks, or blackjack;
- any flailing instrument consisting of two or more rigid parts connected in such a manner as to allow them to swing freely, which may be known as a nun chahka, nun chuck, nunchaku, shuriken, or fighting chain; and
- any disc, of whatever configuration, having at least two points or pointed blades which is designed to be thrown or propelled and which may be known as a throwing star or oriental dart.
Under what circumstances can a weapon be brought onto school property?
Code of Virginia § 18.2-308.1 specifically exempts the following:
- persons who possess such weapon or weapons as a part of the school's curriculum or activities;
- a person possessing a knife customarily used for food preparation or service and using it for such purpose;
- persons who possess such weapon or weapons as a part of any program sponsored or facilitated by either the school or any organization authorized by the school to conduct its programs either on or off the school premises;
- any law-enforcement officer;
- any person who possesses a knife or blade which he uses customarily in his trade;
- a person who possesses an unloaded firearm that is in a closed container, or a knife having a metal blade, in or upon a motor vehicle, or an unloaded shotgun or rifle in a firearms rack in or upon a motor vehicle; or
- a person who has a valid concealed handgun permit and possesses a concealed handgun while in a motor vehicle in a parking lot, traffic circle, or other means of vehicular ingress or egress to the school.
What types of disciplinary action can be taken with a student who brings a weapon to school?
According to Code of Virginia § 22.1-277.07, school boards are required to expel students who bring a firearm or other destructive device onto school property or to a school-sponsored event in violation of the Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994. A school administrator, pursuant to school board policy, or a school board may, however, may determine, based on the facts of a particular situation that special circumstances exist and no disciplinary action or another disciplinary action other than expulsion is appropriate. A school board may also ask the division superintendent, or his or her designee, to conduct a preliminary investigation and provide recommendations.
All of the following DCV offenses must be immediately reported to law enforcement.
Click each offense below to read the DCV Definition
DCV Definition: Possessing or bringing a handgun or pistol to school or to a school-sponsored event.
DCV Definition: Possessing or bringing a shotgun or rifle to school or a school-sponsored event.
DCV Definition: Possessing or bringing to school or a school-sponsored event any weapon designed to expel a projectile or that may readily be converted or modified manufactured guns to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive device.
DCV Definition: Possessing or bringing to school or a school-sponsored event any sharp-edged instrument that is classified as a knife with a blade of three inches or more.
DCV Definition: Possessing or representing any weapon that explodes or is designed to or may readily be converted to explode.
DCV Definition: Using any weapon that is designed to explode with the use of a triggering device or by a chemical reaction that causes an explosion.
DCV Definition: Possessing or bringing any other weapon that will, is designed to, expel a projectile by the action of an explosive to school or a school event. This includes firearms not mentioned previously (operable or inoperable, loaded or unloaded) such as, but not limited to, a zip or starter gun.
DCV Definition: Possessing or bringing any weapon, instrument, or object that is designed to or may readily be converted to inflict harm on another person to school or a school event. (i.e. golf club, baseball bat, chains, nunchakus, or billy club)
DCV Definition: Possessing or bringing any pneumatic gun or rifle that is air powered to school or a school event. A pneumatic gun or rifle includes a BB, paint ball, or pellet gun.