What will happen to Johnny if he has a gun, knife, explosive, or dangerous object on campus without permission? We all know the usual answer, but according to the California legislature, it will depend on whether Johnny has permission to possess the item.
Under California Education Code section 48900(b), students may be suspended or placed up for expulsion if they:
Section 48900(b) provides an interesting exception which could avoid a suspension: permission to possess a gun, knife, explosive or dangerous object (this is too good to be true!). But, how any student would ever get "permission" to possess a firearm, knife, explosive or "dangerous object," is beyond me. I would suggest that any child who actually had the nerve to seek permission to bring one of these items on campus, would be interrogated and searched by today's school administrators. This would not be okay, but they would probably take such a request the wrong way and go after Johnny regardless of what the code says.
Obviously when this code was written many years ago, the legislature thought this might be possible. The only scenario I can think of is for some kind of school play, or an authorized in-class demonstration (show and tell). If "permission" is sought, make sure it is granted in writing and the principal signs off as well as the teacher granting the permission, or the kid could be toast regardless of the situation.
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