Arab City School Board Seeks To Rewrite Gun Policy

ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) – As an Arab High School student faces expulsion for accidentally bringing a gun on campus, the school board is hoping to amend the district’s gun policy.

School district officials say the high school Senior stopped by the school to pick up some assignments, when he forgot he had left an unloaded shotgun in the back of his truck.

The student has since been suspended, but because of the way school district policy is written, also faces expulsion for the rest of the year.

According to State and Federal law, any student that brings a gun on school property must be expelled for one calendar year, but leaves it up to local districts to address incidents on a case by case basis. Superintendent of Arab City Schools, John Mullins, says unfortunately their school policy isn’t as forgiving.

“The recommendation is going to be to amend the policy so that it parallels Federal and State law before we get to the point where there’s an action on the recommendation for expulsion,” said Mullins.

The rewritten policy would allow the board to consider these incidents on a case-by-case basis. They would also plan to choose the length of the expulsion, instead of expelling the student for an entire year.

“We’re trying to make the best out of a very difficult situation,” said Mullins. “I think the student’s family realizes that, and that he made a careless mistake that was very serious.”

The board will present the amended policy at their October 29th school board meeting. They will re-read and vote on the policy during their November meeting.

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