Terroristic Threats/Acts - School Board Policy 218.3

School Board Policy 218.3

The Board recognizes the danger that terroristic threats and acts by students present to the safety and welfare of district students, staff, and community. The Board acknowledges the need for an immediate and effective response to a situation involving such a threat or act.

  • Terroristic threat - a threat to commit any crime of violence with the intent to terrorize another, or to cause evacuation of a building, place or assembly, or facility of public transportation, or otherwise to cause serious public inconvenience, or in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience.
  • Terroristic act - an offense against property or involving danger to another person.
  • Property offenses include, but are not limited to, arson, burglary, robbery, theft, forgery, fraudulent practices (including institutional vandalism) and criminal mischief.  Danger to persons includes, but is not limited to, homicide, assault, kidnapping, sexual offenses, and abortion.

The Board prohibits any district student from communicating terroristic threats or committing terroristic acts directed against any student, employee, Board member, community member, or school building.

Staff members and students shall be responsible for informing the building principal regarding any information or knowledge relevant to a possible or actual terroristic threat or act.

When an administrator has conducted an investigation and has evidence that a student has made a terroristic threat or committed a terroristic act, the following guidelines shall be applied:

  1. The building principal shall immediately suspend the student.
  2. The building principal shall promptly report the incident to the Superintendent.
  3. Based on further investigation, the superintendent and/or his/her designee shall report the student to law enforcement officials.
  4. The Superintendent shall recommend expulsion of the student to the Board.

If a student is expelled for making terroristic threats or committing terroristic acts, the Board may require, prior to readmission that the student provides competent and credible evidence that the student does not pose a risk or harm to others.

In the case of exceptional students, the district will take all steps necessary to comply with the Individuals with Disabilities Act.