Lastly, I will write about the school boards point of view. Here’s the story one last time:
In 2001, Gurbaj Singh Multani’s ceremonial dagger, a kirpan, fell out of its cloth holder in the school yard. The school in Montreal banned Gurbaj from bringing his kirpan to school because it was considered a weapon. Gurbaj argued that it was not a weapon but a religious symbol, since he is an orthodox Sikh he is required to wear it all times.
1: Weapons of any sort are dangerous
2: Students are not to bring weapons to school
/weapons are dangerous to students at school.
At first, the school board did ban Gurbaj from bringing his kirpan to school because it is after all, considered a weapon. Only after the court cases did the school board impose restrictions on how kirpans can be worn to protect the safety of the students. “Religious tolerance is a very important value of Canadian society” wrote a woman in the Court. It is understandable that the first reaction of the school would be to ban the weapon because even the word ‘weapon’ heard near the school would freak the parents out. It is just the chance that no body wants to take on their students/children. It is only fair to Gurbaj that they let him practice his religion and it is only fair to the school that they put some restriction on how and where he can wear it.