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Policies » Section J: Students » JICF: Gang Activity

Policy Date: 05/01/2001

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It is the policy of the Hooksett School District that membership in secret fraternities or sororities,
or in other clubs or gangs not sponsored by established agencies or organizations, is prohibited.

Gangs which initiate, advocate, or promote activities which threaten the safety or well-being of
persons or property on school grounds or which disrupt the school environment are harmful to
the educational process. The use of hand signals, graffiti, or the presence of any apparel,
jewelry, accessories, or manner of grooming which, by virtue of its color, arrangement,
trademark, symbol or any other attribute which indicates or implies membership or affiliation with
such a group, present a clear and present danger to the school environment and educational
objectives of the community are forbidden.

Incidents involving initiations, hazing, intimidation, and/or activities of such group affiliations
which are likely to cause bodily danger, physical harm, or personal degradation or disgrace
resulting in physical or mental harm to students are prohibited.

Any student wearing, carrying, or displaying gang paraphernalia, or exhibiting behavior or
gestures which symbolize gang membership, or causing and/or participating in activities which
intimidate or affect the attendance of another student will be subject to disciplinary action,
including suspension and expulsion.

The Superintendent or designee may provide in-service training in gang behavior and
characteristics to facilitate staff identification of students at-risk and promote membership in
authorized school groups and activities as an alternative.

Adopted: May 1, 2001