– Student suspended for shaping Pop-Tart into gun (KTNV, March 3, 2013):
Baltimore, MD — A student in Baltimore was suspended over breakfast.
7-year-old Josh Welch was eating a Pop-Tart at school. A teacher saw the pastry and said she thought it looked like it was being shaped into a gun.
The teacher also said she heard Welch say, “Bang Bang” while he was holding it.
That was enough to get him suspended.
Welch said his teacher got it completely wrong, “It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and tore off the top, and it kind of looked like a gun but it wasn’t.”
Welch said he was trying to shape the Pop-Tart into a mountain.
The school sent out a letter late in the day to parents explaining what happened and why they thought it was a threat saying, “A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture.”
Welch was suspended for two days.