Judge upholds suspension of boy who chewed Pop Tart into shape of gun

Pop TartThree years ago, a seven-year-old boy in Maryland was suspended for chewing a Pop Tart into the rough shape of a gun.  The family has fought the suspension ever since and recently got a bit of bad news.

According to CBS Baltimore, a judge upheld the suspension.

Just so you know, this was the “weapon” involved in the suspension:

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CBS reported:

After a three year battle, an Anne Arundel County circuit court judge has ruled the boy’s actions were disruptive and that a suspension was appropriate.

Officials with Anne Arundel County Schools have always said Josh’s behavior wasn’t a one-time deal. They say there were 20 documented incidents before he was even suspended.

They released a statement, saying in part: “We have believed from the outset that the actions of the school staff were not only appropriate and consistent, but in the best interests of all students.”

Oh no! Twenty alleged incidents of Pop Tarts chewed into the general shape of a pistol?!  Will the horrors never cease?

No doubt, all students are now much safer without those Pop Tarts being chewed into the shape of a gun…

Twitchy added:

Like many of the big players in the criminal underworld, Josh Welch apparently got away a lengthy reign of terror before The Man managed to nail him on an unrelated pastry gun charge. Welch family attorney Robin Ficker says he’ll file an appeal. If it had just been a pot brownie and not a Pop-Tart, Welch likely could appeal directly to the president for a commutation of his suspension.

No doubt.

Here’s a video report of the case, courtesy of BizPac Review:

Could this case ultimately end up in the Supreme Court?

In March 2013, a Maryland Republican proposed the “Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act” that would prevent schools from punishing other children who chewed Pop Tarts into the shape of guns.  Other states also mulled similar bills when schools began to get stupid on the issue of guns.

Sadly, it seems the stupid has also infected some of our courts…



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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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