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10.27.P.1 Secret Societies / Gang Activity

Section 10.27 - Policy


For the purpose of District policy, a gang is a group of three (3) or more people who:
  • Interact together to the exclusion of others;
  • Claim a territory or area;
  • Have a name;
  • Have rivals/enemies; and
  • Exhibit antisocial behavior - often associated with crime or a threat to the community.

Any activity involving initiation, hazing, intimidation, assault or other activity related to group affiliation that is likely to cause or does cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace resulting in physical or mental harm to students or others is prohibited.

The type of dress, apparel, activities, acts, behavior or manner, or grooming displayed, reflected, or participated in by the student shall not:
  • lead school officials to believe that such behavior, apparel, activities, acts, or other attributes are gang related or would disrupt or interfere with the school environment or activity and/or educational objectives.
  • present a physical safety hazard to self, students, staff members, or other employees.
  • create an atmosphere in which the well-being of a student, staff member, or other person is hindered by undue pressure, behavior, intimidation, overt gesture, or threat of violence; or
  • imply gang membership or affiliation by written communication, marks, drawing, painting, design, or emblem upon any school or personal property or on one's person.

Any student wearing, carrying or displaying gang paraphernalia and/or exhibiting behavior or gestures that symbolize gang membership, or causing and/or participating in activities that intimidate or adversely affect the educational activities of another student, or the orderly operation of the schools, shall be subject to disciplinary action.

If the student's dress is in violation of this procedure or a District policy, the Principal will ask the student to make the appropriate correction.  If the student refuses, the parent/guardian may be notified and asked to make the necessary correction.  The Principal will take appropriate corrective and disciplinary action.