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.The banning of the kirpan should be declared unconstitutional because the First Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment of religion.

Q. Does it worry you at all that this young boy could have used it as a weapon?
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.

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