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    Laws - View Law: SCHOOL OFFENSES

    Trouble at School:  School Threats and Truancy

    “School Threats”

    Under Arizona Law (ARS 13-2911), there are very specific penalties for any person who commits “interference or disruption” to an educational institution. As you read the new law, you will notice that we have underlined some specific words or phrases. If you click on these words, it will take you to their legal definition. We did this to help you understand how the legislature has defined this words because the law will be applied under these definitions.

    A person commits interference with or disruption of an educational institution by doing any of the following:

    1. Threatening to cause physical injury to any employee of or any person attending an educational institution. 
    2. Threatening to cause damage to any educational institution, property of any educational institution, or property of any person attending an educational institution. 

    A person found to be in violation of this law as described in paragraphs 1 or 2 above may be charged with a Class 6 Felony. It does not matter if the above actions were not directed to any specific individual, educational institution or property of an educational institutional.

    3. Knowingly goes onto or remains on the property of an educational institution for the purpose of interfering with or disrupting the lawful use of the property, or in any manner that interferes with the lawful use of the property by others. 
    4. Knowingly refuses to obey a lawful order to leave the property by a school official, officer or employee of an educational institutional.

    A person found to be in violation of this law as described in paragraphs 3 or 4 as described above may be charged with a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

    In addition to the existing reasons for expulsion, a school district or charter school is now required to expel from school for at least one year, a pupil who is determined to have violated any section of this statute. A school district or charter school may modify the expulsion requirement on a case by case basis if the pupil participates in a mediation, community service, restitution or other programs in which the pupil takes responsibility for the results of the threat. A parent or guardian may also be required to participate in mediation, community service, restitution or other programs in which the parent or guardian takes responsibility with the pupil for the threat. A school district may also reassign a pupil to an alternative education program. (ARS 15-841)


    ARS: Arizona Revised Statutes is the way in which our laws are organized. Every state law is organized under a specific title. For instance, ARS 13-2911 means that you can find this law under the title 13 which relates to the criminal laws of our state.

    Educational institution: Any university, college, community college, high school, middle and elementary school in this state.

    Interference with or disruption of: Causing an employee of an educational institution to take action to protect the institution or the employees, students or property.

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    On 04/17/09
    teresa from AZ said:
    my son is 15 he is going to court because he had a problem with his special education teacher, the teacher told him to do his work and he didnt do it so they started to argue and then my son took a stance of fight but did not touch the teacher and then the teacher put his hands on my son to remove him from class and now my son was found guilty with intimadateing and threatning a teacher, but where does the law state that a teacher can put his hands on my child in a learning diability environment? Now the teacher discussed the case with other classes and school kids where is the law there?
    On 02/20/09
    will from VA said:
    ok myson is 12 yrs old there is a bully in his school, will got tired of the kid messing with him and fought backwill is now suspended for 2 days and the school is pressing charges against the other child. its about time they do something. Hang in their boys and girls the people in the wrong will get in one day.
    On 03/11/08
    Billy from NY said:
    My son is going thru some of the same things most of u are, if not alot worse. Im on looking for info on what his rights are and what laws his school/police broke. KEEP YOUR HEADS UP. Make your voice heard, get your parnets to help. Schools and the police departments are over using their powers. I will pray for all of you. good luck
    On 08/26/07
    Josh from AZ said:
    I have been going to the same school now for about 2 yrs I get a"s and b"s im a outgoing student, but are school has this school resorce Officer that has been really posing as a big problem for me and my frineds he constantly harrases us calling us girls and retards this frustrates me is their anything I can do about this? Ok now im suspend for 3 days because I made a comic flip book of this officer against a bad guy now it was just a art of expression but this comic had the cop in a shoot out with a gun and the bad gut running away now I have been noted as a threat to the school someone help.
    On 11/13/06
    Shawn from AZ said:
    My teacher was talking to me about where he lived one day, and he metioned the neighborhood he lived in. I made a joke and said, ah well cool now i have a new target. A week later he called me into class and said it was very inapropriate, i agreed and apologized. A month later i get called into the office, the principal is now telling me that they are considering suspending me and charging me with a class 6 felony. I dont know how they can even think that what i said was a treat and i am not sure how i can even be charged considering that i did not make a specific threat
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