Please Talk to Your Child About Zero Tolerance Offenses
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

ZERO TOLERANCE OFFENSES (BOARD POLICY 6.309) In order to ensure a safe and secure learning environment free of drugs, violence, and dangerous weapons, any student that is found to have violated this policy shall be subject to expulsion from all Hawkins County Schools for a period of not less than one (1) calendar year.

This policy shall include any student while on a school bus, on school property, or while attending any school event or activity.

Zero Tolerance acts are as follows:

1. A student who possesses, handles, transmits, uses or attempt to use any dangerous weapon in school buildings or on school grounds at any time, or in school vehicles and/or buses or off the school grounds at a school-sponsored activity, function or event. (TCA 39-17-1301, TCA 39-17-1309, and TCA 49-6-4216) (Dangerous weapons include any type of knife.  If a student accidentally brings a knife to school, he should IMMEDIATELY turn it in to the nearest adult.  This may result in less than a zero tolerance offense. )

2. A student who brings or possesses a firearm (18 U.S.C. 921 and TCA 49-6-3401)

3. A student under the influence of, or in possession of, an illegal drug, controlled substance, imitation or look-alike drug, synthetic drug, or drug paraphernalia (TCA 39-17-402, TCA 39-17-423, TCA 49-6-3401, and TCA 49-6-4216)

4. A student who intentionally smells or inhales the fumes from any glue, paint, gasoline, aerosol, chlorofluorocarbon gas or other substance containing a solvent having the property of releasing the toxic vapors or fumes for the purpose of causing an intoxicating, mood altering, or mind altering effect. (TCA 39-17-422 and TCA 49-6-4216)

5. A student who threatens to assault, assaults, or commits battery upon any teacher, principal, administrator, any other employee of an LEA, or school resource officer. (TCA 49-6-3401 and TCA 49-6-4216)


Use of and Possession of Tobacco is a Level III Offense

Tobacco · The USE or POSSESSION of tobacco and tobacco products, including smokeless tobacco, electronic cigarettes and associated paraphernalia by students will not be permitted anywhere on the school grounds or in buildings. The use of chewing tobacco will not be permitted on school property at any time. · The use or possession of tobacco in any form will not be permitted on county provided transportation. · POSSESSION or USE of lighters or matches will not be permitted on school grounds, in buildings, or on county provided transportation. State law has been revised so that it is a violation for anyone under the age of 18 to use or be in possession of tobacco. Violators may be cited to court (TCA 39-15-407-413). According to the 1999 Tennessee Tobacco Law, violators may be fined from $10 - $50, and may also be sentenced to perform up to 50 hours of community service. Violators may be required to attend tobacco/smoking classes. 

More information may be found in the Hawkins County Middle and High School Handbook on page 46 (Look for the link on our home page)

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