After Suspension, Sikh Student Allowed to Wear Kirpan

April 1, 2005

Source: Independent Press Association

On April 1, 2005 the Independent Press Association reported, "the suspension record of a 15-year-old Sikh student who wore a small ceremonial knife to school has been revoked and authorities have allowed him to wear a smaller version of the sacred symbol, reported The Journal News. Ninth-grade honors student Amandeep Singh of Hartsdale, New York, had been wearing a kirpan – an article of faith in the Sikh religion – since he was baptized at the age of eight. Many of his friends and teachers knew about it, his family said. But on February 4, Singh was suspended from Woodlands High School for eight days and charged with carrying a weapon."