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Knives in School

Security guards to frisk school pupils for knives-News-UK-Crime-TimesOnline

Security guards will be able to search pupils for knives at the school gates without their consent under government guidance to be published today...

Any school instituing such a policy is reminded that it should follow a suitable code in regard to the wearing of knives for Religous reasons:

Purpose
The purpose of this document is to address concerns arising from the Sikh tradition of carrying the Kirpan, a ceremonial sword or dagger. It provides advice to schools that applies specifically to male members of the Sikh community.
Aims
The aims of this guidance are to:
• Ensure religious tolerance and harmony within schools serving diverse religious and ethnic communities
• Encourage and value pupils’ religious and cultural practices
• Ensure the health, safety and well being of all pupils.

Guidelines
• There should be no objection to the practice of wearing the five K’s, including the Kirpan.....

• The Kirpan should not be more than 6 inches in length (including both blade and handle) and the blade should not exceed 3 inches in length; the Kirpan should always be sheathed and worn out of sight...

No news yet if the freedom to carry a knife into school also applies to those ethnics from north of the border and their sgian dubhs...

Comments

Security guards will be able to search pupils for knives
How do you search someone for a knife without searching for other items? Does this mean that, if they find crack cocaine or a hand grenade, they'll be powerless to confiscate them?

I am probably an old fogey but when I was at school most of the boys had penknives (including me)and some of the school scout troop had sheath knives as they were called then. However there was never a problem. No one ever got stabbed.Boys constantly compared knives for the gadgets included and used them for scouting activities on a Friday at the campsite. Why has this become such a terrible problem? The lefty libs have been knife and gun phobic for sometime for no good reason, as far as i can see.

I am probably an old fogey but when I was at school most of the boys had penknives (including me)and some of the school scout troop had sheath knives as they were called then. However there was never a problem. No one ever got stabbed.Boys constantly compared knives for the gadgets included and used them for scouting activities on a Friday at the campsite. Why has this become such a terrible problem? The lefty libs have been knife and gun phobic for sometime for no good reason, as far as i can see.

I am probably an old fogey but when I was at school most of the boys had penknives (including me)and some of the school scout troop had sheath knives as they were called then. However there was never a problem. No one ever got stabbed.Boys constantly compared knives for the gadgets included and used them for scouting activities on a Friday at the campsite. Why has this become such a terrible problem? The lefty libs have been knife and gun phobic for sometime for no good reason, as far as i can see.

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I carry a knife everyday, without fail. Even when I go to college. I carried a knife when I was in school too. The knives I carry always conform to Section 139 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 i.e. "a folding pocket knife with a cutting edge not greater than three inches in length," and are thus legal to carry in public and in school.

I know at least a few other students (in a college of ~180 students) who also carry pocket knives. I know a couple of teachers who carry Gerber or Leatherman tools too.

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