On Friday, seven year old Josh Welch found himself suspended from school for two days. The reason? Welch, a second-grade student at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., chewed a breakfast pastry in the general shape of a gun, Fox 45 reported.
Originally, Welch was trying to make the pastry look like a mountain, but that didn't work out too well.
"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," he said.
"It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn't," he added.
According to Fox 45, Welch suffers from ADHD, but excels in art class. When his teacher saw the pastry, Welch said she "was pretty mad."
"And I think I was in big trouble," he added.
Welch's father received a call from the school saying that Josh had been suspended for two days for making his breakfast pastry look like a gun.
"Josh's dad was astounded to learn the school chose such a harsh punishment, even after no one was hurt," Fox said.
That afternoon, the school sent a letter home with students saying, "A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture."
Josh's father is not happy with the school.
"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 real issue is, it's a pastry, ya know?" he said.
Since the Newtown school shootings, educators across the country have taken steps to ensure a safe environment for students. But the actions of a number of educators are causing many to wonder if those running the public schools have lost all common sense.
"These imaginary [weapons] MUST be kept outta the hands of children or they could be used for imaginary crimes during imagination time. Reports indicate that some children may be impersonating law [enforcement] officials, [heightening] the imaginary threat! Ban imaginations now and stop their use," a commenter wrote at Fox Baltimore.
While the commenter was obviously being sarcastic, a seven-year-old Colorado boy was suspended for tossing an imaginary grenade into an imaginary box filled with imaginary "evil forces," violating school policy.
Recently, an Illinois middle school student was ordered to turn his Marine Corps-themed t-shirt inside out due to the crossed rifles on the shirt.
In Philadelphia, a fifth-grade girl was searched and called a "murderer" over a piece of paper that had been torn into the general shape of a pistol.
A five-year-old Pennsylvania girl was labeled a "terrorist threat" after telling another student she would shoot her with a Hello Kitty bubble gun.
According to Fox News, the school refused to comment, citing privacy issues.
- Philadelphia fifth-grader searched, threatened, called a murderer over paper gun
- Seven-year-old boy suspended for tossing imaginary grenade at recess
- Middle-school student ordered to cover Marine Corps t-shirt or face suspension
- Six-year-old suspended from school for making finger gun, saying 'pow'
- Five-year-old named terrorist threat, suspended after threat to shoot bubbles
- Thousands gather across nation to celebrate 'Gun Appreciation Day'
- Obama uses videos of children begging for gun control in campaign against NRA
- NRA president blames Obama, media for 'hundreds' of death threats
- NRA more popular than President Obama, media silent
- MSNBC's Martin Bashir compares NRA to Hitler
- Thousands gather across nation for 'Day of Resistance' rallies
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