Diatribe: A “Gun-Shaped” Pop-Tart Can Get A Boy Suspended.
I love Pop-Tarts … particularly the frosted brown sugar variety and all the ones that involve chocolate chip cookie dough. I’ll open a package with the intention of eating just one and, every time, I’ll eat both of them. Kellogg is counting on me to do just that. And, yes, sometimes I chew around the edges to get rid of the part that doesn’t have any filling and save the “good part” for last. I realize that Pop-Tarts are far from nutritious but they’re so darned tasty and, even more so, convenient that I often can’t resist.
Seven-year old Joshua Welch of Baltimore likes them, too. Recently, while he was enjoying a strawberry Pop-Tart, his creativity got the better of him and he decided to reshape his breakfast by nibbling on its edges.
“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.” – Joshua Welch
Due to a zero tolerance policy related to guns, Joshua was suspended from Park Elementary School.
His teacher, apparently, thought the results of his pastry biting definitely looked like a gun and, what’s more, she claimed that she saw the boy who lives with ADHD hold on to the Pop-Tart and utter the words “bang bang.”
His Pop-Tart was confiscated and he was immediately suspended for two days.
“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?” – Josh’s father, B.J.
The school stands by its decision, and even sent a letter to other parents explaining that a student was suspended for using food “to make inappropriate gestures.”
Surely, there’s more to this story but I’m appalled at the amount of time and energy that has been wasted on the incident. A new, rational, definition of “zero tolerance” must be created. The idea of comparing a gun-shaped pasty to an actual weapon is absurd.
What do you think? Should a gun-shaped Pop-Tart get a second grader suspended from school? Little Joshua didn’t even get to finish his breakfast.
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