Common Sense ‘Pop Tart’ Gun Bill Becomes Law In Florida

The “zero-tolerance” policy has become pretty insane in recent years, with school officials drastically over-reacting to kids being, well, normal kids. In one incident last year, a little boy in Maryland chewed his Pop-tart into the shape of a gun, and the adults in his school went ballistic. Legislators in Florida are pushing back against the madness by passing a “Pop-tart bill.”

The bill was signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott on Friday, reports the Miami Herald.

A number of absurd stories have made the news of innocent kids playing, sometimes quite creatively, who get into big trouble at school. If there is any mention or resemblance of a gun, the offending child is taken down quickly. Some even have the word “terrorist” on their school record.

The Inquisitr has reported a number of these crazy over-reactions. There was the girl who talked about shooting bubbles at someone with a Hello, Kitty bubble gun. A boy thought that the clouds were shaped like a gun. Another brought an obviously toy gun to school and was interrogated for two hours, during which time he wet his pants. And another built a toy gun out of Legos. Just the mere MENTION of the word “gun” can make teachers go apoplectic.

School administrations often come down very hard on such children. Interrogations and suspensions are common reactions. One child was suspended for ten days. Another was expelled.

Blogger Matt Briggs points out the absurdity. A picture on his blog of a Pop tart gun like the one above is thus captioned: “If you think this is a gun, you probably have Educators Disease. Contact a health professional immediately.” He continues, “A hundred years ago Educators Disease was virtually unheard of…. Now a week doesn’t go by without another case being diagnosed.”

A Facebook meme asks the obvious question, “If a teacher can’t tell the difference between this (a Pop tart gun) and a real gun, do you really think that person should be teaching?” It’s a fair question.

Pop Tart Gun Bill Now Law