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7-Year-Old Suspended For Allegedly Biting His Pastry Into A Gun

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Baltimore, MD – A 7-year-old Park Elementary School student has been penalized with a two day suspension for fashioning his breakfast pastry into what his teacher alleges resembled a gun.

The second-grader, Josh Welch, was suspended after eating away at a strawberry tart in such way to lead his teacher to think it was meant to appear like a gun. Josh claims he was simply devouring the pastry, and his intention was to shape it more like a mountain. Josh said his teacher was visibly upset when she noticed the odd shaped pastry.

The disruption led to the child’s father being called by the school and the subsequent punishment, according to Fox News. Josh’s dad has referred to the incident as “insanity.”

Josh suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). ADHD is a behavioral disorder, more common in boys than girls. The condition is associated with inattentiveness, hyperactivity, and impulsivity.

A letter was sent home with the students detailing how a “student used food to make an inappropriate gesture.”

Due to privacy concerns the school refuses to comment.

This is not the first case of a child being penalized for allegedly mimicking weaponry in Maryland. In December a 6-year-old first-grade student at Roscoe Nix Elementary School in Silver Spring, Maryland was suspended for forming a gun-like gesture with his fingers, pointing it at another student, and saying “Pow.”

School administrators called the action a “serious incident” in a disciplinary letter, and suspended the child for a day. His punishment was later withdrawn by school board officials.

Do you think the teacher and the school overreacted over Josh’s strawberry pastry? Is it possible the teacher simply projected a mistaken perception? Should we expect a 7-year-old to understand that it is inappropriate to chew one’s food into a weapon-likeness?

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15 Responses to “7-Year-Old Suspended For Allegedly Biting His Pastry Into A Gun”

  1. Maxwell Donohue

    This has to be the dumbest fucking thing in the history of things. Who the fuck is this stupid as to think a 2nd grader would really do that?

  2. Michael Faist

    no wonder our kids do not learn anything in school, the teachers and schools are frikin idiots. this crap is getting out of hand. what happened to playing cowboys and indians. grow up teachers your not 7 years old.

  3. Kimberley Lentros

    a "serious incident" is absurd, kids see guns all the time, it's glorified in our country no matter the context, and we are going to punish kids for noticing it? Give it six months the FDA will have a drug so kids won't be able to say the word "gun" anymore…

  4. Deborah Coster

    At some point a little bit of common sense needs to be used! I really don't believe a Zero Tolerance includes breakfast items – next it will include photos or the written word "Gun" as being serious incidents!

  5. Kathy Payton Howe

    It has already happened, in the case of the student being forced to turn his shirt wrong side out because it had a picture of 2 guns under the Marine logo.

  6. RoMario G Volkmann

    Well…playing devil's advocate…A six year old forms his hand into a gun , points it at another and says pow…is no concern to anyone? the pop tart incident is ludicrous yes, but what would possess a 6 year old to basically threaten another in such a manner, and shouldn't he be reprimanded in some sort of way? Or is it fine because "he doesn't know any better?" The problem with all grown ups is that they forget that the children they raise today are not like they themselves were when they were kids, and are exposed to things earlier than our parents were. The suspension for the pop tart kid was idiotic, the suspension for the other kid that was withdrawn is not.

  7. Kyle Anderson

    You fucking assclown, when i was a kid we played cops and robbers and cowboys and indians etc… we pointed our fingers and hands like gun and made pow noises. Its called imagination shitstick. Go fuck yourself.

  8. Cathleen Barber

    Absolute ridiculousness!!! The teacher should be let go… She obviously cannot handle the real world let alone be a role model for children.

  9. Kim Farnham

    This whole thing has just gone over the top…….This is why if I had children, I'd be homeschooling them!

  10. RoMario G Volkmann

    When you were a kid, Kyle. When YOU were a kid. In today's age, with all the shit kids see and get desensitized to you can't even compare the two, you fucking idiot. You are probably one of those fucks that shouldn't even get near a child. The columbine kids obviously had TONS of imagination. And I bet the Sandyhook guy had a whole lot going on in his imagination the day he shot his mother and went to that school. Under the wrong circumstances, imagination endangers more than just the one being imaginative. Fucktard.

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