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, determine, based on the facts of a particular situation that special circumstances exist and no disciplinary action or another disciplinary action or another term of expulsion is appropriate.
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 rifle/shotgun 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 in- operable, loaded or unloaded) such as, but not limited to a zip or starter gun.
These definitions may include automatic weapons or semi automatic weapons other than shotgun/rifle or handgun, such as an XM8.
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.