The St. John the Baptist Parish School Board shall authorize the principal of each school to automatically suspend, and recommend expulsion for, any student found in possession of a dangerous weapon on the school grounds, on school buses and/or at any school-sponsored event, at any time, during or after regular school hours, with limited exception.  A dangerous weapon means any gas, liquid, or other substance or instrumentality, which in the manner used, is likely to produce death or great bodily harm.  When the student is found in possession of a weapon, the Superintendent shall be immediately notified and the principal shall take appropriate disciplinary action.


If a student is detained for carrying, or the principal or designee confiscates or seizes a firearm or concealed dangerous weapon from a student while on school property, on a school bus, or at a school function, the principal or school official shall immediately report the detention of the student or seizure of the firearm or weapon to the police department or sheriff's office where the school is located and shall deliver any firearm or weapon seized to that agency.


Failure to report the detention of the student or seizure of a firearm or concealed weapon by a principal or school official to a law enforcement agency within seventy-two (72) hours may result in a misdemeanor offense with a fine of up to $500 or a sentence of up to 40 hours of community service, or both.


If a student is detained for carrying a concealed weapon on campus, the principal shall immediately notify the student's parents.


It is unlawful for a student or nonstudent to intentionally possess a firearm or dangerous weapon on school property at a school sponsored function or within 1000 feet of school property or while on a school bus at any time.  The area surrounding the school campus or within 1000 feet of any such school campus, or within a school bus shall be designated firearm-free zones.  The School Board, in cooperation with local governmental agencies, and the Louisiana Department of Education, shall designate and mark firearm free zones which surround all schools and school property.


Revised:  November, 1989

Revised:  October, 1994

Revised:  December, 1992

Recoded:  June, 2003

Revised:  November, 1993




Ref:    20 USC 7961 (Gun-Free Requirements)

La. Rev. Stat. Ann. ยงยง14:2, 14:95, 14:95.2, 14:95.6, 17:416, 17:416.3, 32:292.1


St. John the Baptist Parish School Board