Sikh students allowed to carry religious daggers

10:49 PM, Nov 5, 2012   |    comments
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JURUPA VALLEY, Calif. (AP) - A Southern California school district is allowing some Sikh students to carry an article of their faith - a dagger-like blade called a kirpan. 

But for safety reasons, it must be soldered or sewn into the sheath. 

The Riverside Press-Enterprise says at least three students in the Jurupa Unified School District are being allowed to wear kirpans to school.  

Superintendent Elliott Duchon says the kirpans are about 2 inches long and parents of the Sikh students agreed to secure them so the blades can't be used. 

Not all school board members support the decision, which aims to balance school security with religious freedom.  

Brian Schafer says he wants a public vote on the issue and would like to see a ban that allows only non-edged kirpan charms.

The Associated Press

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