Have a 4th grade SPED student in a Gen-Ed class with 27 other students. He has threatened to shoot everyone multiple times, staff and students alike, has looked up real guns on his Chromebook, and has recently just brought a gun replica (that makes real shooting noises) to school. Several other teachers and I have reported this to the Principal, the student’s parent, the student’s counselor, the student’s TOR, the head of the SPED department, and Department of Child Services (on several occasions). The student is tardy everyday, will not work in class, rips up assignments, disrupts the other students, calls them names, and slams desks and chairs around. My union got involved and the student is now being checked in the morning with a metal detecting wand, but that is the only action that has been taken. The student has never been suspended, expelled, reprimanded, or otherwise. In fact, my Principal recently came down and asked that I not send the student to the Principal’s office anymore because he belongs in the “least restrictive environment.” That instead of following the disciplinary steps the rest of the class is subject to, his punishment will be not getting a reward (because if this student chooses to complete a task they get a piece of candy, so they just wouldn’t get the candy). That when they uses terms like “I’m going to shoot you all until I run out of ammo.” I should just remind them that they can’t talk like that. Am I suppose to then just let the student not do work, prevent others from doing work, and threaten lives without any real repercussions? If the idea is to include the student in a gen-ed classroom, shouldn’t they be held to the same standard as the rest of the students? Does having an IEP allow a student to not have to play by the rules?