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It is a violation of Bellevue School District Policy and Procedure and Washington state law for any person to carry a firearm or dangerous weapon on school premises, school-provided transportation or areas of other facilities being used exclusively for school activities. We are asking parents and guardians to explain and discuss the rules to their students so that our schools will continue to be safe places for both students and adults.

IF A STUDENT BRINGS A FIREARM TO SCHOOL, HE OR SHE WILL BE EXPELLED. Principals will report all incidents to the police.

Bringing other dangerous weapons* on campus is grounds for expulsion, suspension, or other disciplinary action. THE USE OF ANY OBJECT IN A THREATENING MANNER MAY ALSO BE A REASON TO DISCIPLINE A STUDENT. While the number of incidents in any given year is small, we take each one very seriously.

School Resources Officers from the Bellevue Police Department and Security Specialists from the Bellevue School District continue to support our schools. We believe that police officers, security specialists, consistent implementation of disciplinary practices, students’ willingness to report and solve problems, implementation of socio-emotional curricula, peer mediator programs, and other restorative school practices will work to keep schools safe. And we also need your help. Please talk to your students about constructive ways to solve problems, alert us to any reports you hear about students bringing weapons to school or any other potentially dangerous situations, and keep any weapons you own inaccessible. Together, we can help to keep our children safe.

*These include, but are not limited to, air guns such as BB and pellet guns, knives, metal knuckles, sling shots, nunchaku sticks, throwing stars, sand clubs, metal knuckles, spring blade knives, and replicas of dangerous weapons. Also included is any portable device manufactured to function as a weapon and which is commonly known as a stun gun, including a projectile stun gun which projects wired probes that are attached to the device that emit an electrical charge designed to administer to a person or an animal an electric shock, charge, or impulse; or any device, object, or instrument which is used or intended to be used as a weapon with the intent to injure a person by an electric shock, charge, or impulse.