Dagger denied

16th October 2009 at 01:00

A Sikh boy has been withdrawn from a school after being told he is not allowed to wear a ceremonial dagger to lessons.

The 14-year-old, who has not been named, was forbidden from wearing a five-inch kirpan to the Compton School in Barnet, north London, on the grounds that it was a health and safety risk.

The ceremonial blade is one of five articles of the Sikh faith that must be carried at all times. Governors said they had tried to compromise, proposing that the boy wore a two-inch version of the dagger welded into a sheath. But this was rejected by his family.

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