State law prohibits the sale, possession, or use of alcohol or controlled substances on school grounds or at school-related events.
Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.15.022. GUIDELINES FOR THE DEVELOPMENT, REVIEW AND REVISION OF SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENT DISCIPLINE AND SCHOOL SAFETY POLICIES
4.03 Student discipline policies shall include, but not be limited to, the following offenses: 4.03.1 Willfully and intentionally assaulting or threatening to assault or abuse any student or teacher, principal, superintendent, or other employee of a school system; 4.03.2 Possession by students of any firearm or other weapon prohibited upon the school campus by law or by policies adopted by the school board of directors; 4.03.3 Using, offering for sale, or selling beer, alcoholic beverages, or other illicit drugs by students on school property; 4.03.4 Possession by a student of any paging device, beeper, or similar electronic communication device on the school campus, however: 4.03.4.1 The policy may provide an exemption for possession of such a device by a student who is required to use such a device for health or other compelling reasons; and 4.03.4.2 The policy may exempt possession of such a device after normal school hours for extracurricular activities. 4.03.5 Willfully or intentionally damaging, destroying, or stealing school property by students.
Arkansas Code 6-15-1005. Safe equitable and accountable public schools
(a) As used in this section, “e-cigarette” means an electronic oral device that provides a vapor of nicotine or another substance that, when used or inhaled simulates smoking, including without limitation a device that:
- (1) Is composed of a heating element, battery, or electronic circuit, or a combination of heating element, battery, and electronic circuit;
- (2) Works in combination with a liquid nicotine delivery device composed either in whole or in part of pure nicotine and propylene glycol and manufactured for use with e-cigarettes; and
- (3) Is manufactured, distributed, marketed, or sold as an e-cigarette, e-cigar, e-pipe, or under any other name or descriptor.
(b) Smoking tobacco, the use of tobacco or tobacco products, or the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited:
- (1) In or on real property owned or leased by a public school district, including a public charter school; or
- (2) In or on personal property, including without limitation school buses, owned or leased by a public school district, including a public charter school.
(c ) A copy of this Statuteshall be posted in a conspicuous location at every entrance to each building owned or leased by a public school district and every school bus used to transport public school students.
(d) A person who violates this section commits a violation punishable by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100).
Arkansas Code 6-18-502. Rules for development of school district student discipline policies.
(3) Student discipline policies shall include without limitation the following offenses:
- (A) Willfully and intentionally assaulting or threatening to assault or abuse any student or teacher, principal, superintendent, or other employee of a school system;
- (B) Possession by students of any firearm or other weapon prohibited upon the school campus by law or by policies adopted by the school district board of directors;
- (C) Using, offering for sale, or selling beer, alcoholic beverages, or other illicit drugs by students on school property; and
- (D) Willfully or intentionally damaging, destroying, or stealing school property by students.
Arkansas Code 6-21-608. Concealment of guns or drugs
(a) As used in this section:
- (1) “School official” means any public school employee receiving compensation for services from any public school system in the State of Arkansas;
- (2) “School-owned property” means any property located among premises owned in whole or in part by the state or any city, district, or county within the state, including but not limited to any desk, locker, file, or other tangible property assigned to, for the use of, or on loan to any student or other person using the property for his or her own use;
- (3) “School premises” means any locale upon which is situated any school building; and
- (4) “Supervisor” means any person who is employed as administrator or supervisor of any public school.
(b) It shall be unlawful for any student or any other person using school-owned property to conceal any gun, drug, or any other contraband in any desk, locker, or other school-owned property in this state.
- (1) Any school official employed in a supervisory capacity over students or other persons on school premises, upon receipt of information that guns, drugs, or other contraband are concealed in school-owned property, shall have the authority to investigate and search any school-owned property for any drugs, guns, or other contraband that may be concealed in the school-owned property, without the necessity of obtaining a search warrant from local authorities.
- (2) In the event that contraband is discovered, it shall be seized and held by the supervisor of the school premises until appropriate action, as described in subsection (d) of this section, is taken.
- (1) Whenever a school official discovers any illegal drugs or other contraband in any school-owned property assigned to the use of an identifiable student or any other identifiable person, appropriate action for discipline, expulsion, discharge, or prosecution shall be within the discretion of the supervisor of the premises.
- (A) In the event that prosecution by local authorities is pursued, the supervisor shall release the contraband to the local prosecuting authorities to be used as evidence in court.
- (B) Any evidence obtained by use of the procedure as defined in this section shall be legally admissible in any court in this state.
- (A) Whenever a school official discovers any gun or other firearm in any school-owned property assigned to the use of an identifiable student, that student shall be expelled for a period of not less than one (1) year.
- (B) Provided, however, that the superintendent shall have discretion to modify such expulsion requirement for a student on a case-by-case basis.
- (2) In the event that prosecution by local authorities is pursued, the gun or other firearm shall be released to the local prosecuting authorities to be used as evidence in court and shall be legally admissible in any court in this state.