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Student Conduct: Weapons


A student shall not intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly possess or go onto school premises with any prohibited weapon, as defined below, unless pursuant to written regulations or written authorization of state law, Board policy, Texas Education Code or District. Penal Code 46.03 (a)

Prohibited weapons are defined as follows:

  • A firearm (any device designed, made and adapted to expel a projectile through a barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance or any device readily convertible to that use), except as purusant to state law, Texas Education Code, Board policy. Penal Code 46.03 (s), 46.01 (3)
  • An illegal knife (hand instrument designed to cut or stab another by being thrown, dagger, bowie knife, sword, spear). Penal Code 46.03 (a), 46.01 (6)
  • An explosive weapon (any explosive or incendiary bomb, grenade, rocket, or mine that is designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury, death, or substantial property damage, or for the principal purpose of causing such as loud report as to cause undue public alarm or terror, and includes a device designed, made, or adapted for delivery or shooting an explosive weapon). Penal Code 46.01 (2)
  • A machine-gun (any firearm that is capable of shooting more than two shots automatically, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger). Penal Code 46.01 (9)
  • A short-barrel firearm (rifle with a barrel less than 16 inches or a shotgun with a barrel of less than 18 inches, or any weapon made from a rifle or shotgun that, as altered, has an overall length of less than 26 inches). Penal Code 46.01 (10)
  • A switchblade knife (any knife with a blade that folds, closes or retracts into the handle or sheath and that opens automatically by pressing a button or by the force of gravity or centrifugal force). Penal Code 46.01 (11)
  • Knuckles (any instrument consisting of finger rings or guards made of a hard substance that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with a fist enclosed in the knuckles). Penal Code 46.01 (8)
  • Armor-piercing ammunition (handgun ammunition that is designed primarily for the purpose of penetrating metal or body armor and to be used primarily in pistols and revolvers). Penal Code 46.01 (12)
  • A chemical-dispensing device (other than a small chemical dispenser sold commercially for personal protection), that is designed, made or adapted for the purpose of causing an adverse psychological or physiological effect on a human being. Penal Code 46.01 (4)
  • A zip gun ( a device or combination of devices that was not originally a firearm and is adapted to expel a projectile through a smoothbore or rifled-bore barrel by using the energy generated by an explosion or burning substance). Penal Code 46.01 (16)
  • A club (an instrument specifically designed, made or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with the instrument, including a blackjack, nightstick, mace, and tomahawk). Penal Code 46.01 (1), Penal Code 46.05 (a)