The term "weapon" has broad meaning. It includes everything from firearms and knives to commonplace objects like pen knives, laser pointers, aerosol/pump sprays and elastic bands. The design, intended use and specific circumstances will often dictate whether an object is viewed as a weapon or not.
Section 2 of the Criminal Code of Canada defines "weapon" as follows:
- Anything used or intended for use in causing death or injury to persons whether designed for that purpose or not or
- Anything used or intended for use for the purpose of threatening or intimidating any person.
- Firearms are included in this definition.
The Regulations under the Criminal Code of Canada confirm prohibited weapons include but are not limited to such things as gas discharge devices, mace, numchuks, throwing stars, electronic "zappers", brass knuckles, silencers, and switchblades.
- Firearms or prohibited weapons defined under the Criminal Code of Canada and its Regulations will not be permitted on school property or at any school sponsored event or activity.
- Any student who threatens to use, or is found in possession of, a firearm or prohibited weapon will face disciplinary action by the Administrator. Consequences may include maximum-term suspension and recommendation to the DSBN for expulsion.
- Police shall be involved when a student has threatened to use, or been found in possession of, a firearm or prohibited weapon.
- If any firearm or prohibited weapon is found, Police must be notified and the firearm or prohibited weapon will be turned over to the Police.
- Disciplinary consequences regarding the threat to use or use of other weapons (excluding firearms or prohibited weapons) by students may include maximum-term suspension and recommendation to the DSBN for expulsion. Police may be involved.
- If the Administrator in their sole discretion determines that it is prudent to return certain confiscated objects (other than firearms and prohibited weapons) to the student’s parent/guardian, the Administrator will do so with the clear instructions to the parent/guardian that such object(s) shall not be brought to school in the future.