Criminal or other illegal behavior is prohibited. Any student who the principal reasonably believes to have engaged in criminal behavior on the school premises or at school activities will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action as stated in applicable Wilkes County Board of Education policies and may be criminally prosecuted as well.
School officials will cooperate fully with any criminal investigation and prosecution. Any criminal behavior that also violates school rules or Board of Education policy will be investigated independently from the criminal investigation and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken.
The superintendent and principal may take reasonable measures to preserve a safe, orderly environment when a student has been charged or convicted of a serious crime, regardless of whether the alleged offense was committed on school grounds or related to school activities. Depending upon the circumstances, including the nature of the alleged crime, the child’s age, and the publicity within the school community, reasonable efforts may include changing a student’s classroom assignment or transferring the student to another school. Transfer to the alternative school may be made in accordance with the criteria established in Board of Education policy 3470/4305, Alternative Learning Programs. The student will continue to be provided with the opportunity for an education unless and until the student is found to have violated Board of Education policy or school rules and is suspended or expelled in accordance with procedures established in Board of Education policy.
The principal must report immediately to law enforcement officers and the superintendent the following acts when the principal has personal knowledge or actual notice from school personnel that such acts occurred on school property, regardless of the age or grade of the perpetrator or victim:
• assault resulting in serious personal injury;
• sexual assault;
• sexual offense;
• indecent liberties with a minor;
• assault involving the use of a weapon;
• possession of a firearm or explosive in violation of the law;
• possession of a weapon in violation of the law;
• possession of a controlled substance in violation of the law;
• assault on school officials, employees and/or volunteers;
• homicide, including murder, manslaughter and death by vehicle;
• robbery; or
• armed robbery;
• possession of alcohol;
• bomb threat; or
• burning of a school building.
Legal Reference: Gun-Free Schools Act of 1994, 20 U.S.C. 8921, 8922; G.S. 14-17 to -20, -27.2 to -27.5, -32, - 33, -34 to -34.2, -41, -60, -69.1, -69.2, -87, -87.1, -132, -132.2, -141.4, -202.1, -269.2; ch. 90, art. 5; 115C- 288(g)
Cross Reference: Alternative Learning Programs (policy 3470/4305), Student Discipline (policy 4303)
Adopted: January 9, 2006