This blog was created to provide the 12th graders enrolled in my US Government class with an extra credit opportunity to showcase their work in re my Mock USSC Hearing Project. For this project, the students spent one day a week, for nine weeks, focusing on the question of whether the Constitution permits Sikh school children to bring a metal bladed kirpan to school. A kirpan is a metal bladed sword or dagger.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Interview with Petitioner Grace Miller
My name is Elizabeth Lahey. I am a student in Mr. Paccone's 4th US Government class. On Wednesday, March 2, I interviewed attorney for the petitioner, Grace Miller. Q. What is your view on this case?
A. One could argue that a pair of scissors or a stapler could be used as a weapon. A weapon is defined by the malice behind it. Q. How do you think the school should have handled the situation?
A. The school should have taken precautions and enforced rules for children of the Sikh religion regarding the carrying of their kirpans on school campus. Q. What do the petitioners wish to gain from this case?
A. A safe school environment for everyone where children can practice their religion freely.