Last week, a Maryland boy nibbled his strawberry, pre-baked toaster pastry into the shape of a gun while at school. Naturally, the public school officials at Park Elementary School in Brooklyn Park freaked out when they noticed the Pop-Tart gun and suspended the boy for two days.
“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,” said 7-year-old Josh Welch. “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.”
Following the incident, one lawmaker is making strides to ensure that no student is subjected to such harsh punishment for essentially being a kid.
Sen. J.B. Jennings (R-Baltimore) has introduced Senate Bill 1058: ‘The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013′ or as The Daily Caller nicknamed it: ‘Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act.’
Under the language of the bill, no student is to be expelled or suspended for possessing on school property “a picture of a gun, a computer image of a gun, a facsimile of a gun, or any other object that resembles a gun but serves another purpose,” i.e. a delicious breakfast snack.
The bill also protects students who make gun-related hand gestures and sets up disciplinary grounds for principals or teachers who violate the act.
“We really need to re-evaluate how kids are punished,” Jennings told The Star Democrat. ”These kids can’t comprehend what they are doing or the ramifications of their actions.”