Skip to main content
  1. News
  2. Top News

Pop-Tart school gun bill: Bill aims to ease 'zero-tolerance' of simulated guns

See also

The so called “Pop-Tart” school gun bill cleared its first hurdle in the Florida legislature this week, reports USA Today on Thursday.

The bill is aimed at easing serious penalties and school suspensions for children who simulate a gun with harmless objects – specifically Pop-Tarts eaten into the shape of a gun, or guns shaped out of toys like Legos.

The bill, cleared by a state House panel Wednesday, would prohibit school districts from suspending students for “brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item” bitten into a gun shape or “possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of plastic snap-together building blocks.” The bill also would prevent children from getting into serious trouble for mimicking a gun with their fingers.

Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, Fla., sponsored the bill and said the proposed law is designed to bar “overreactions” under zero-tolerance policies regarding weapons in school.

Baxley coined the phrase “Pop-Tart bill” after an actual case involving the breakfast toaster treat. In May of last year, a boy chewed the pastry into the shape of a pistol, earning him a suspension from school (and a lifetime membership from the NRA).

“This is addressing a zero-tolerance policy that often will not allow people to use common sense because their hands are tied,” commented Florida elementary school teacher Castor Dentel.

Florida’s current law requires school districts to create "zero-tolerance policies" for actions that pose “a serious threat to school safety. At the same time, the zero-tolerance policies are “not intended to be rigorously applied to petty acts.”



  • Mt. Everest avalanche
    Disaster strikes Mt. Everest as at least 12 people were killed in an avalanche
    Watch Video
  • Most Earthlike planet discovered
    The Kepler telescope has discovered the most Earthlike, possibly habitable planet yet
    Space News
  • Easter crosses create debate
    Easter crosses spark a debate of separation of church and state in Ohio
  • Chelsea Clinton is preggers
    Former first daughter Chelsea Clinton is pregnant with her first child
  • Stanley Cup playoffs
    The battle for Lord Stanley's Cup is on, don't miss a minute of playoff action
  • Ukraine discussed amongst U.S., E.U., Russia
    The U.S., E.U. and Russia agree on ways to diffuse the tension in Ukraine
    Watch Video

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about and apply today!