WATCH: Boy Suspended From School For Making “Gun” Out Of A Pop-Tart

A 7-year-old was suspended for two days for his Pop Tart weapon

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Josh Welch was eating a Pop Tart when inspiration struck. “All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain but, it didn’t look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun kinda,” the second grader told local Fox affiliate WBFF. When Josh’s teacher saw that he had eaten his breakfast pastry into the likeness of a weapon, Josh said, “She was pretty mad… and I think I was in big trouble.”

Josh’s father, B.J., was called and school officials reportedly told him that they considered Josh’s actions a threat because he said “bang, bang” while holding the breakfast pastry. The second grader was then suspended for two days. A note was sent home with every child at  Park Elementary School in Baltimore, MD., explaining the incident saying, “A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture.”

“I asked if was any one was hurt, they said no,” B.J. Welch told Baltimore’s Fox affiliate. “I would almost call it insanity. I mean with all the potential issues that could be dealt with at school — real threats, bullies – whatever the issue is. It’s a pastry.”

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24 comments
Gerald
Gerald

This is just another example of the ignorance of public education.  They took away two days of this child's right to a free public education for absolutely nothing.  It is our duty to defend this child and that right.  What is it that made the teacher angry and who in her life has so warped her perception of what is right and wrong for children?  This behavior by our school administrators does nothing to protect our children. It victimizes them and if we as adults suffered from the same ignorance we would not be so tolerant.  We are truly suffering from it because of what it is doing to our children.  Countless numbers of children obtain records in the juvenile justice system for so called “offenses” just like this one.  I cannot believe that we standby and watch this happen to children all over America and do nothing.  This type of response to guns does not stop a Columbine event and it has the potential to cause one. Such gross ignorance!!

EdieMeanieMighty-moLang
EdieMeanieMighty-moLang

I got a call from the VP at our elementary school here in MD today because my 1st grader said "gun fight" and held up his hands as pistols.  Toto, we are not in Texas anymore!

RobertArthur
RobertArthur

Kooks more like he ate a B2 Bomber.  Oops, with the mindset of these people that might justify a lifetime suspension !!

ChristianDavis
ChristianDavis

Things like this have nothing to do with an agenda or with a PC nation. (Do those things exist? Certainly they do in one form or another.) Things like this however spark and happen because of 0 tolerance rules. Those rule are a reflection of things that happen in the community. This situation is no different. Anybody that knows the area we are talking about, knows that it is a "rough" area to say the least. Do I think this is a ridiculous act? Yes I certainly do. But to equate it to an attempt to stop guns or as an attempt by the administration to formulate and agenda is simply wrong. If you want to stop things like this from happening, stop tying the hands of administrators or teachers. Let them take the action they see fit to protect these schools.

TheOnlyBlueOak
TheOnlyBlueOak

Oh no!
Someone made a gun!
OUT OF A BLOODY POP-TART.
WHAT'S THE WORST HE CAN DO?
KILL EVERYONE AT THE SCHOOL?
WOW.
SUCH A KILLER.

-_-

LoraAllen
LoraAllen

Next they will have to tape everyone's fingers together; a kid might point at someone and it could look like a gun.

LoraAllen
LoraAllen

Next they'll have to tape everyone's fingers together; a kid could point at someone and it might look like a gun.

TammyHelton
TammyHelton

A Pop Tart is not a threat and it cannot hurt anyone.. "It's paranoid and crazy"..Yet the schools let the Army ect. go into schools and try recruiting kids to go out and use REAL guns...smh

CrowdsGather
CrowdsGather

Thanks to Time and its absurd histrionics and fomenting of anti-gun hysteria, we now have a system gone insane. I'm a public school teachers and can't believe the PC BS in the ed system today!

ChristopherSeanMitchell
ChristopherSeanMitchell

When there's zero tolerance for a Pop-Tart gun, there HAS to be an agenda. It doesn't make any sense to have violent video games that encourage thievery, rape, vandalism, and murder (by firearms), Hollywood movies that show the same thing, celebrating the anti-hero, with graphic realism, and legal gun ownership that equals one gun for every man, woman, and child, in America, and then punish a child for such frivolity. When I was 7 years old, I, often, picked up fallen sticks that resembled guns,  and aimed them at my imaginary enemies (and sometimes, my real enemies:). In fact, I've owned a hand gun since I was gestating. I've fired off many rounds, using my thumb and index finger, just like Charles Bronson did at the end of "Death Wish.". The real danger of a Pop-Tart is pointing it at your pancreas, not a classmate.

KendallRoney
KendallRoney

I remember a time when we were allowed to have a touch of imagination. First some poor kids get suspended for combining forces in a fight against imaginary zombies, using IMAGINARY swords and now this. I've lost all hope in the school system.

JohnForsthoffer
JohnForsthoffer

This is silly. I remember when I was a kid we played cowboys & indians, we had toy guns and the like. Bunch of pansies now a days. 

anonymousmom
anonymousmom

My 3 children have attended this school for the past 7 years. I have never known a principal who is more dedicated to her students and the community. The school constantly supports families and I wouldn't want my kids in any other school. Before judgements are made, just remember the public is only hearing one side of the story. And just so everyone knows-the school hasn't provided pop-tarts for breakfast in years.

Tommysflight
Tommysflight

Your so right roknsteve. And with all the Gov. spending cuts coming down the pipe these school prisons are going to get crowded. Lots of un supervised pop tart sculpting in those class rooms

roknsteve
roknsteve

America's schools are being turned into prisons.  And when the teachers get caught doing something wrong the union protects them. 

Tommysflight
Tommysflight

 My son has been making lego ships and airplanes and tanks and guns on my livingroom floor since he was in first grade. He is now in the sixth grade and plays with his ipod and friends online with robo blocks. He still playing with blocks go figure.

He also has airsoft and a daisy that he play with in the back yard.

 But he would never ever turn a pop tart into a gun with his teeth. He would be ban from pop tarts for a long time. I would take away all his pop tart priviledges. I would  have to buy another safe to lock up the tarts while I am not at home. 

Im so glad the school acted with such conviction with that out of control second grader. 

I cant believe they even let such a criminal in a public school with pop tarts. The parents should be arrested and fined millions of dollars to be donated to the Brilliant School Staff for thier superior handling of such a terrible event.

Imagine what he could have done with two pop tarts

CoreyStrong
CoreyStrong

really america this is what its come down too, this teacher should be fired for being an idiot, and the school be investigate if this is what there worried about and not the education of the kids.


NamecNassianer
NamecNassianer

This incident is disturbing on many levels.  

With this kind of morons running our schools and influencing our kids, it is no great wonder that our kids are under-educated as well as mis-educated.  

JohnMordecai
JohnMordecai

If your goal was to create sociopathic killers would you have more success issuing injustice and abuse of power or exposing them to the likeness guns?

AdsaAsdads
AdsaAsdads

rofl, i seen PLENTY of times kids pretending something to be a gun.

zteeks
zteeks

Outrageous, ludicrous, total lack of common sense. Its a 2nd grader with a pop tart and he said "bang". Sounds like the schools staff are in greater need of education than the child.

Tommysflight
Tommysflight

We have become a monkey see monkey do society. We are no longer developing the mind of the inventor. 

We have become afraid to even let our children outside. We cover thier eyes from the real world and let them play in the virtual.

Canilope13
Canilope13

@JohnForsthofferBunch of pansies nowadays? The kids ain't punishing themselves for having a bit of fun. It's YOUR generation, the ones who "played cowboys & indians" who are suspending kids for having a bit of imagination, so it seems totally asinine to blame them for it.

EnosEugenius
EnosEugenius

@anonymousmom  "Before judgments are made, just remember the public is only hearing one side of the story."

What's the other "side of the story"??  Was the Pop-Tart loaded??  Did the kid have a criminal history of going armed with a pastry, and this was his "third strike"??  Please, enlighten us with the "other side of the story."