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What Are "School Grounds?"

Iowa Supreme Court

What does the term "school grounds" mean ? 

Friday the Iowa Supreme Court upheld the conviction of a Quad Cities man who'd been arrested for carrying a gun on school grounds - and the school grounds in question was the Brady Street Stadium in Davenport. 

While working security at a high school football game in 2017, a police officer questioned a man who was placing leaflets on car windshields in the parking lot. The officer also noticed the man was armed. James Mathias walked away, and was not arrested until several months later after the police department and county attorney's office had spent time considering whether the stadium was covered by the state law against carrying a firearm on school grounds. 

Supreme court justices affirmed the conviction, ruling that school grounds can include facilities owned by the school district that are not connected to classroom buildings. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.