Well now - you know that if your kid nibbles a pop-tart into a shape that sorta resembles a gun, there's gonna be some suspendin' and a heap o' counseling going on, right? But in Auburn, Washington, the crazy just got taken to a whole new level:
An Auburn School District official said Thursday that students and staff of the Sikh faith are permitted to wear ceremonial knives for religious reasons.
Assistant Superintendent Ryan Foster reiterated the policy after KING-TV (http://kng5.tv/ZOVg4d ) reported about one boy being allowed to wear the small dagger at Gildo Ray Elementary.
Foster told The Associated Press that a long-standing district policy allows the daggers to be worn under the clothing of observant Sikhs.
Point a finger at somebody and say "bang", and you're outta there. Perhaps you could claim the same sort of religious belief that makes it perfectly okay for a kid to bring a dagger to school, but somehow, that seems doubtful. On the other hand - and let's be perfectly clear about this - a dagger is not a weapon; it's a religious symbol.
What? Really? You wanna wear a cross on a necklace? Are you nuts? Haven't you ever heard of "separation of church and state"?