• UNLAWFUL BEHAVIOR


    Students are expected to not engage in any criminal activity such as robbery, assault, extortion, gambling, or any of the behaviors cited below. Consequences for unlawful behavior will be serious, but will vary by offense. This listing is general and limited and incidents not listed may arise during the year. In general, Sabin will adhere to the District Eleven BOE policies when responding to the following issues.

    SMOKING – or the use of any tobacco product is not permitted in the school or on school grounds. Further, students are not to possess cigarettes or any other tobacco product at school. School staff will confiscate tobacco products and lighters, and consequences – up to and including suspension – will be assigned by the administration.

    ALCOHOL – Students who possess or use alcohol on school grounds, or at any school or District event, or who arrive on campus after having consumed alcohol, or who sell or distribute alcohol on school grounds or to students on their way to or home from school, will receive a mandatory suspension, possible referral to the Office of Student Discipline for consideration of expulsion, and possible charges filed with the Colorado Springs Police Department.

    DRUGS – Students who possess or use illegal or prescription drugs on school grounds, or at any school or District event, or who arrive on campus after having consumed drugs, or who sell or distribute drugs on school grounds or to students on their way to or home from school, will receive a mandatory suspension, referral to the Office of Student Discipline for consideration of expulsion, and charges filed with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Possession of drug related paraphernalia will also be cause for disciplinary action, up to and including suspension.

    WEAPONS – BOE policy defines dangerous weapons as: A firearm, loaded or unloaded, or a replica of a firearm that could reasonably be mistaken for a real firearm, or any pellet or bb gun, airsoft gun, or other device, working or not, designed to launch projectiles by spring action or compressed air. A fixed blade knife with a blade that measures longer than three inches in length or a spring loaded knife or pocket knife with a blade longer than three and one-half inches. Any other object or substance that is designed, used, or intended to be used by the student to inflict death or serious injury. This could include, but is not limited to, brass knuckles, bow and arrows, blow guns, sling shots, poison, mace, explosive devices, or any other object or substance defined as an unlawful weapon in Colorado Springs.

    A standard weapon is defined as: Any object or substance that is used or intended to be used to inflict bodily injury of a lesser degree than serious bodily injury regardless of the student's intent. Any knife that do not meet the definition of a dangerous weapon. Any laser pointer.

    A weapon facsimile is defined as: Any object, device, instrument, material, or substance that substantially mimics a weapon. Note: a weapon facsimile may also be considered a weapon under this policy, based on, among other things, its use or intended use.

    Any student in D-11 found with a dangerous weapon, on District property or at any school-sponsored activity, will receive a mandatory suspension and a referral to the Office of Student Discipline for consideration of expulsion. Charges may be filed with the Colorado Springs Police Department. Any student found with a standard weapon will be suspended with a possible referral to the Office of Student Discipline. Depending on what the student does with the standard weapon, charges may be filed with CSPD.

    THREATS, BULLYING, OR INTIMIDATION – will not be tolerated. Students are expected to show respect to others and their property. They are expected to not cause or threaten to cause harm or injury, not intimidate others, and not instigate mistreatment of others. Students are expected to avoid causing or threatening damage to the property of others. This policy also covers cyber-bullying if its effects are brought onto the campus.
    Students are asked to report all incidents of this type of behavior to a staff member, counselor, or an assistant principal immediately, or contact Safe-2-Tell using the phone number on the back of the student's ID card. Threats are taken just as seriously as the follow through and typically result in in-school detention (ISD) or out of school suspension (OSS), and could include police charges depending on the circumstances.
     
    FIGHTING – is not permitted at Sabin Middle School. The City Code of Colorado Springs (21-2-101) states:
    A. It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly fight or brawl with another.
    B. It shall be unlawful for any person to permit any of the above acts … upon any premises under his … control when it is within his power to prevent such action.
    C. For purposes of this section, it is not a defense that a person charged under this section was not the instigator or the initiator of the fight (Ord. 86-35).
     
    Because of line B above, the consequence for fighting is a mandatory suspension and possible charges filed with the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) if injuries occur. A second fight within the school year is grounds for a referral to the Office of Student Discipline for consideration of expulsion. Students are expected to seek assistance to avoid fighting and report instigators to the administration.
     
    INSTIGATION – is defined as inciting or stirring up an issue between others that might lead to a fight or other conflict. It is considered a disruption of the learning environment. Sabin Middle School considers instigation to be as serious as, if not more than, the conflict it has the potential of creating. Students engaging in such behavior – intentionally or not – can be subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension.
     
    HARASSMENT – is defined as annoying or upsetting another person by repeatedly insulting, taunting, or challenging them or communicating with a person (anonymously or otherwise) in a manner intended to hassle or threaten them. Students are expected not to harass one another. Further, harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, or disability will not be tolerated and will result in a mandatory suspension. Harassment can take many forms, including electronically. Students are asked to report all cases of harassment to a teacher, counselor, or assistant principal, or contact Safe-2-Tell using the phone number on the back of the student's ID card.
     
    SEXUAL HARASSMENT – is recognized as a form of sex discrimination and is thus a violation of law that requires learning environments remain free from discrimination. It is a violation of law for any student to harass another student through conduct or communications of a sexual nature. Sexual harassment may include but is not limited to: Sexual-oriented kidding or joking Repeated remarks to a person with sexual or demeaning implications Unwelcome touching, such as patting, pinching, or constant brushing against another's body Sexual advances, pressure for sexual activity, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
     
    Students are asked to report all cases of sexual harassment to a teacher, counselor, or assistant principal, or contact Safe-2-Tell using the phone number on the back of the student's ID card. Parents may also file charges with the Colorado Springs Police Department. All matters involving sexual harassment complaints shall remain confidential to the greatest extent possible. Filing of charges or otherwise reporting sexual harassment will not be reflected in the student's status or grades. However, because of the serious nature of sexual harassment allegations, falsely reporting sexual harassment will result in disciplinary action.
     
    GANGS – The BOE believes that a student dressing or acting like he/she belongs to a gang (whether the student belongs to a gang or not) can disrupt the feeling of safety and well-being of other students and interfere with the educational process. Additionally, the student him/herself may become a victim of the dangerous conduct of other persons who are members of a gang. Therefore the BOE expects administrators to eliminate gang or gang-like behavior from the schools.
    Sabin students who exhibit gang or gang-like behavior or dress will face administrative consequences, up to and including suspension. Sabin students and parents/ guardians will be asked to sign a letter stating that this no tolerance policy has been explained and what consequences can follow gang and gang-like behavior.