7-year-old Maryland boy suspended for forming pastry into shape of gun
GLEN BURNIE, MD (CNN) - A 7-year-old Maryland boy was expected to return to school Tuesday after serving a suspension for forming his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun and allegedly saying the words "bang, bang."
Children at Park Elementary School went home on Friday with a letter explaining there was a disruption in school.
Josh Welch and his father B.J. say the disruption lead to a two day suspension for the second grader in Brooklyn Park.
Academics are hard for Josh, who suffers from ADHD, but he excels in art class. It is Josh's own creativity that may have gotten him into trouble.
Josh was enjoying his breakfast pastry when he decided to try and shape it into a mountain. "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," Josh said.
Josh takes full responsibly for trying to shape his breakfast pastry, but admits it was in innocent fun. "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," Josh said.
When his teacher saw the strawberry tart he knew he was in trouble. "She was pretty mad? and I think I was in big trouble."
B.J. received a phone call from the school saying that Josh has been suspended for two days because he took his breakfast pastry and fashioned it into a gun.
Josh's dad was astounded to learn the school chose such a harsh punishment, even after no one was hurt.
Late Friday afternoon a letter went home with students explaining the incident saying, "A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture."
But Josh's dad is not happy. "I would almost call it insanity," said B.J. "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?"
Josh just wishes he could go back to class, but maintains a good sense of humor through the whole debacle. "I didn't get to eat all my breakfast, so, really I am still hungry."
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