Student faces disciplinary action after bringing shotgun to school

Student faces disciplinary action after bringing shotgun to school

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Valley View High School student will face disciplinary action after bringing a weapon to school.

Superintendent Bryan Russell told Region 8 News on Thursday the district will "follow the handbook" even though he said the weapon was disabled.

According to a Jonesboro incident report, the 17-year-old male student brought a New Ithaca Gun Company double-barreled 12-gauge shotgun to the school Wednesday morning for a "class project."

A teacher saw the boy, along with a couple of other students, standing on the north side of the high school with the weapon and escorted them to the school resource officer.

According to SRO Mark Yates, the antique gun was unloaded and the students did not have any available ammunition on the campus.

After talking with the students, Yates determined the students were using the gun for a class project. He then turned the students over to the dean of students.

According to the school district's student handbook, possession of any weapon on campus is considered "prohibited conduct" punishable by a conference, at the minimum, to expulsion.

Page 23 of the handbook states:

"Except as permitted in this policy, students found to be in possession on the school campus of a firearm shall be recommended for expulsion for a period of not less than one year."

The mandatory expulsion requirement, according to the handbook, does not apply if the weapon is brought "for the purpose of participating in activities approved and authorized by the district."  Those activities include ROTC, hunting safety or military education, and before- or after-school hunting or rifle clubs.

Russell did not elaborate as to what punishment the student faced.

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