Surrey Teens Told T-shirts a No-Go at School

April 18, 2008

Author: Kevin Diakiw

Source: Surry North Delta Leader

Thirty students at Princess Margaret Secondary School say they’ve been put on suspension notice after wearing contentious T-shirts to class.

The students wore black shirts with “Khalistan” written on the front, referring to the separatist area some Sikhs want carved out of the state of Punjab in India.

On the backs of the shirts is an image of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the Sikh militant who took refuge in the Golden Temple in Amritsar in 1982. The subsequent raid on the Golden Temple is seen as the reason for the assassination of Indira Gandhi and the bombing of Air India flight 182 in 1985 which killed all 329 people on board.

At least one of the Grade 11 teens sees no big deal with the shirts.