Avery County Schools Policy Policy Code: 5027/7275


The Avery County Board of Education is committed to providing a safe school environment and, to the maximum extent possible, one that is free from violence. Employees, visitors and other persons are prohibited from possessing, carrying, using or threatening to use, or encouraging another person to possess, carry, use or threaten to use, weapons or explosives on school property or while attending curricular or extracurricular activities sponsored by the school. This policy applies to weapons or explosives carried openly or concealed.

Any employee who violates this policy shall be subject to immediate termination. Any visitor or other person who violates this policy will be escorted from the premises and/or school activity immediately. The superintendent or principal shall immediately report any violations of this policy to law enforcement officials. Any employee who is aware that a weapon or explosive is present on school property or at a school event in violation of this policy must immediately report this information to the principal or designee or the school resource officer as appropriate.

Students who violate this policy are subject to discipline as provided in policy 4333, Weapons, Bomb Threats, Terrorist Threats, and Clear Threats to Safety.


    For purposes of this policy, a weapon includes, but is not limited to, any gun,
    rifle, pistol or other firearm of any kind; or any BB gun, stun gun, air rifle, air
    pistol, bowie knife, dirk, dagger, slingshot, leaded cane, switchblade knife,
    blackjack, metallic knuckles, razors and razor blades (except solely for personal
    shaving), fireworks or any sharp pointed or edged instrument except instructional
    supplies, unaltered nail files and clips and tools used solely for preparation of
    food, instruction and/or maintenance on educational property. For purposes of
    this policy, an explosive includes, but is not limited to, any dynamite cartridge,
    bomb, grenade, mine or powerful explosive as defined in G.S. 14-284.1.


    For purposes of this policy, school property is any school building or bus, school
    campus, ground, recreational area, athletic field, or other property owned, used or
    operated by the Board of Education.


    This policy shall not apply to:

Avery County Schools Policy Code: 5027/7275 Page 1 of 2 1. a weapon or explosion used solely for educational or school-sanctioned ceremonial purposes, or used in a school-approved program conducted under the supervision of an adult whose supervision has been approved by the school authority; or

    2. a handgun in a closed compartment or container within the person’s locked
       vehicle or in a locked container securely affixed to the person’s vehicle if the
       person has a concealed handgun permit valid under state law or is exempted
       by state law from needing a permit to carry a concealed handgun (the person
       may unlock the vehicle to enter or exit the vehicle provided the handgun
       remains in the closed compartment at all times and the vehicle is locked
       immediately following the entrance or exit);

    3. firefighters, emergency service personnel, North Carolina Forest Service
       personnel, and any private policy employed by the school board, when acting
       in the discharge of their official duties;

    4. law enforcement officers or other persons as provided in G.S. 14-
       269.2(g)(1a); or

    5. a volunteer school safety resource officer providing security at a school
       pursuant to an agreement as provided in G.S. 115C-47(61), provided that the
       volunteer school safety resource officer is acting in the discharge of his or her
       official duties and is on the educational property of the school that the officer
       was assigned to by the head of the local law enforcement agency.

Legal References: G.S. 14-69.2, -269.2, -284.1; 20-17; 115C-47(61), -288g

Cross References: Weapons, Bomb Threats, Terrorist Threats, and Clear Threats to Safety (policy 4333)

Adopted: 9/11/00

Revised: 10/6/08; 12/10/13

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