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Can a Student Be Expelled from School for Carrying a Weapon off School Property in Connecticut?

State law requires a local or regional board of education to expel a student for carrying certain weapons without a permit or using a weapon to commit a crime.  Under this law, firearms are considered any weapon that can expel a projectile by explosive, which includes explosives and poison gases.  Deadly weapons are also covered by the mandatory expulsion law.  Deadly weapons include a weapon from which a shot can be discharged, a switchblade or knife, or metal knuckles.  A student might even be expelled for carrying a dangerous instrument which might include anything, under the circumstances in which it is used, can cause death or serious injury, including an attack dog or a vehicle.

If you have any questions related to education law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.

What Authority Does a Local School Board Have to Expel a Student for Out-of-School Conduct in Connecticut?

Connecticut’s school expulsion law provides for both mandatory and discretionary expulsions for out-of-school conduct.  If a student is caught carrying a weapon, or selling or distributing illegal drugs, whether the activity occurs on or off school grounds, school boards must expel the student.  For any other type of conduct, such as sexual assault, a school board has the discretion to expel a student from school.

To impose a discretionary expulsion for out-of-school conduct, the law requires a school board to show that the student’s actions not only violate a school policy but are also disruptive of the educational process.  The Supreme Court of Connecticut has construed the phrase “disruptive of the educational process” to mean conduct that has a direct connection with the school and interrupts or seriously impeded the school’s daily operations.

If you have any questions related to education law in Connecticut, please contact Joseph C. Maya, Esq. at (203) 221-3100 or e-mail him directly at JMaya@Mayalaw.com.