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Reviewing the weapons policy in Sioux City schools

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

The stabbing incident that happened in Pennsylvania on Wednesday could happen anywhere. In fact, Sioux City police say they will be taking a second look at their policies regarding weapons in schools.

There are several different policies staff in Sioux City schools employ to make the learning environment as safe as possible.

First of all, they have a zero tolerance policy for weapons and look-alike weapons.

This is clearly spelled out in their school handbook that's given out to each student at the beginning of the year.

Sioux City Police say all high school and middle schools are staffed with armed officers and school liaison officers that work for the juvenile courts. 

When it comes to handling threatening situations, those who work for the school district say even though they do have the policies in place, they always need people to be prepared and aware of what's going on.

"More than anything, I think that clear communication from school to home, and students reporting what they see out in the hallways to staff, and staff being vigilant. Policies are only as good as the people who enforce them," Sioux City School Director of Pupil Services and Equity Marilyn Charging said.

If a student is caught with a weapon like a knife in school, authorities say how the school and police handle it varies from situation to situation.

"A parent can be contacted or they can be taken to juvenile detention, sometimes. It varies depending on the severity and how the school wants to handle it," Sgt. Brad Bollinger, with Sioux City Police Investigative Services Bureau, said.

These kinds of incidents happen every so often. District reps say maybe every month or so.

Consequences could range from receiving a citation from a police officer to long-term suspension, or expulsion.

School leaders say they typically hold an intermediate disciplinary hearing for the student and their parents if this incident does arise to figure out the best solution.

Police say deadly force is always an option if there is imminent danger for those in the building. 

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