- Boy, 7, suspended for chewing pastry into shape of gun, pointing it and saying ‘bang, bang’
Boy, 7, suspended for chewing pastry into shape of gun, pointing it and saying ‘bang, bang’
Posted Mar 5, 2013 10:58 AM CST
By Martha Neil
In the latest example of a zero-tolerance policy concerning weapons brought to school that some see as having been taken to an extreme, a 7-year-old boy was suspended for two days over a breakfast pastry.
The unidentified student at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., is the son of William “B.J.” Welch, who explained that his son nibbled the pastry into a gun-like shape, then said "bang,bang," reports the Washington Post. It is disputed whether the child pointed the pastry at the ceiling or another student.
“In my eyes, it’s irrelevant; I don’t care who he pointed it at,” said Welch. “It was harmless. It was a danish.”
The father said he is concerned about references to guns now included in his son's school records.
School officials in Anne Arundel County declined to comment, citing confidentiality laws. However, a letter to parents from an assistant principal said a student had “used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class” and offered counseling to any student who might need it.
Additional and related coverage:
ABAJournal.com: "Imaginary weapon gets 7-year-old a real school suspension"
Baltimore Sun: "Park Elementary second-grader suspended for making pastry in shape of a gun"