The Avoyelles Parish School Board shall authorize the principal of each school to suspend automatically, 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, as permitted by state law.  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.


The failure of any principal or designated administrator to report the confiscation of such implement or material or the failure to retain and secure such implement or material shall be reported by the law enforcement authority to the Avoyelles Parish School Board, which shall take disciplinary action pursuant to this policy.


When a principal or designated administrator violates any provisions of this policy, a report on such violations shall be made by the complainant to the Superintendent.  The Superintendent or his/her designee shall conduct a hearing on the alleged offense.


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 non-student to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on one's person while on school property, on school transportation, or at any school function or within 1000 feet of any school campus, except as may be permitted under state law.  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, wherein the possession of firearms is prohibited, except as specifically set forth in La. Rev. Stat. Ann. §§14:95.2 and 14:95.6.  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:  February 7, 2017



Ref:    20 USC 7961 (Gun-Free Requirements)

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

Board minutes, 2-7-17


Avoyelles Parish School Board