By Gary Lloyd
The Trussville City Board of Education on Monday amended two board policies relating to firearms.
The board amended the policies on working conditions and visitors to the schools.
The new Alabama gun law, which took effect Aug. 1, requires a consequence for school employees who violate the policy. The school board added language that subjects violators to reprimand, dismissal or prosecution.
The old policy referred to bringing firearms to school buildings, but the updated policy refers to school property, not just the buildings.
In an Aug. 7 letter from State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice to local school boards, Bice says all school systems should continue to enforce existing policies to ban firearms and other weapons from school grounds.
“Students and school employees who violate school policy may be subject to disciplinary action as provided by policy,” Bice wrote. “Other individuals who bring firearms or any weapons on school property should be notified that they are in violation of school policy and asked to leave the premises. If they fail to leave the property on request they may be subject to arrest for criminal trespass.”
In his letter, Bice advised to post notices at all points of entry onto school property and into school buildings stating “Firearms Prohibited.”
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