Sikh Students Can Wear Dagger In Plymouth-Canton Schools, but With Modifications

January 31, 2011

Author: David Lawrence

Source: The Detroit Free-Press

The Plymouth-Canton school district has opted to allow Sikh students to wear a small, religious dagger to school.


The decision reverses a ban put in place in December after a fourth-grade boy at Bentley Elementary School in Canton was found with a dull 3- to 5-inch kirpan, a dagger that is a religious symbol baptized Sikh males are expected to carry. In Sikh tradition, the kirpan represents a commitment to fight evil.