Student Suspended For Pop-Tart Gun, Josh Welch, Files Appeal With Maryland County School System
An attorney for an Anne Arundel County 7-year-old suspended from school for nibbling a breakfast pastry into the shape of a pistol is seeking to have the student's record expunged, and said he plans to appeal to Maryland's highest court if necessary.
"It would be funny if it wasn't so serious as it being on his record."
The incident has captured national attention and focused a debate on what constitutes a threat among schoolchildren. Josh's suspension came in the wake of heightened security concerns in schools across the country following the December shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children were killed.
"They tried to brand this kid and throw him under the bus, and he's going to be in the school system for more than 10 years," said Ficker, who contends the incident could reflect on Josh Welch later in his academic career in Anne Arundel County.
Link to article published on 3/18/2013
Now that my friends, is some dumb ass shit...........
Oh yeah this incident is right around 2 year's old now , however this type of disciplinary action is common now in most schools throughout the U.S.
But hey at least the state of Nevada is finally waking up :
Nevada Considers Legalizing ‘Pop-Tart’ Guns In SchoolsNevada Republicans have introduced a bill that would legalize Pop-Tart guns, finger guns and other non-lethal non-firearms in the state’s elementary schools.
“A little plastic gun that small is not going to be mistaken for a real gun,” Republican Assemblyman Jim Wheeler told the state Assembly’s education committee on Wednesday, according to KOLO News.
To drive the point home, a supporter of the bill treated members of the committee to tasty Pop-Tarts to observe how harmless they are, a reference to a case two years ago in Maryland where an 8-year-old boy was suspended after nibbling a cherry Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. (RELATED: ‘Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act’ Proposed In Maryland)
The bill, AB 121, wouldn’t just bar school staff from punishing students for wielding toy guns made of plastic or toaster pastries. It would also protect students from being punished for ”simulating a firearm or dangerous weapon” or “wearing clothing or accessories that depict a firearm or dangerous weapon.”
“This kind of reminds me of the debate the Founding Fathers had regarding the Bill of Rights,” said Assemblyman Chris Edwards. “Many of them thought they would never need a Bill of Rights because no government would ever violate things like freedom of speech. However, wisdom won out and they put in those precautions just to make sure those things wouldn’t happen to us. I think they were very wise to do so.”
The law would also represent a rollback of zero-tolerance policies in a state that once took them up with gusto. Back in 1999, after the Columbine High School shooting, Nevada lawmakers approved a bill allowing schools to expel students with disciplinary problems for just about any reason. Stories spread of students who faced expulsion for, for instance, including guns in a writing prompt.