Canada's supreme court decided this week it was okay for Sikh to wear their ceremonial Kirpan to school. They were judged to be no more dangerous than baseball bats or scissors, though they remain banned in airplanes or courtrooms. The religion is about 500 years old, originates from northern India, and has around 22 M followers. Stricly speaking, the knife is originally designed to slice a throat, and I understand they are historically meant to allow the wearer to defend a hypothetical victim. It is now strictly ceremonial, and never taken out of its sheath, though they are worn all day long from from puberty on. To me, there is something unsettling when the only armed individual in a school is a kid. And statistically speaking, when 22 M people wear knives in public, I find it hard to believe no accidents ever happen (He WAS aiming for the quail after all.). I am convinced that Sikh followers are cool, peaceful people. I am not convinced that leaving the steel at home is so difficult. Does anyone know of similar cases elsewhere in the world? Will anyone defend me and my ceremonial nunchuks in court? In the name of equal opportunity, who will help me sell daggers to the rest of school kids out there? Any additionnal info on Sikhism and statistics welcome.