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Sioux Falls Superintendent sends weapons violations message

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Superintendent Dr. Pam Homan sent out a message to parents about their zero-tolerance policy for weapons on school property.

The message went out to all parents/guardians around 7:00 p.m., Monday night.

The district says while there is no cause for concern, it's a message that follows four cases of violations at schools within the past month.

The district says there were no threats or injuries.

August 30: Two violations involving an air soft gun at Lincoln and Roosevelt High Schools.

September 6: Two students charged with BB Gun on campus at Washington High School.

September 12: Student had a pocket knife at Joe Foss School.

If a gun is brought on campus, of any kind, there is a punishment of 12 months expulsion. Any other weapons are up to the district superintendent's discretion.

"Safety is our number one concern when we get out and educate the student. We believe a safe environment enhances the learning and educational environment. Part of that is making the students feel safe and the parents feel safe that we're providing a good place for them," Sue Simons said.

Sioux Falls Police also have a zero-tolerance policy which is why all students were arrested and charged with having a weapon on school property. It is a Class-1 Misdemeanor and the punishment for the juvenile is up to each judge.

Here's a copy of the Superintendent's message:

This is Superintendent Pam Homan of the Sioux Falls School District. Please remember that students should never bring weapons of any kind to school. There is no tolerance for weapons on school property before, during or after the school day. This call is coming because, although no one has been hurt, we have already seen incidents this year of students bringing knives or guns including BB guns and air soft guns to school. These incidents have happened at several sites, not just one school. South Dakota law requires our School Board to expel a student from school for 12 months if they bring a weapon to school. It does not matter why the student brought the weapon, and air guns are included in the types of weapons that require an automatic expulsion. Our primary concern is your child's safety. Please talk to your child and make sure that they never bring any type of weapon to school. Thank you for joining with us to keep all of our students safe.

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