A Maryland second-grader has been suspended after officials claim he chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun and said "bang, bang."
According to Fox Baltimore station WBFF, Josh Welch was suspended for two days following the "gun" pastry incident that went down last week at Baltimore's Park Elementary School. The 7-year-old, who struggles with academics because of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) but excels in art, claims a different version of the story: He told WBFF he shaped his strawberry Pop Tart into a mountain.
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Welch's father doesn't think the punishment was warranted. “I would almost call it insanity,” he told the WBFF. “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.”
The boy and his father appeared on CNN's "Starting Point with Soledad O'Brien" on Monday morning to discuss the gun pastry suspension. Josh, who has one more day left of the punishment, insists he meant no harm.
"Well I do draw tanks in school, and I do draw a lot of stuff, and I do like guns, but I don't make guns out of food and stuff," the 7-year-old said on CNN. "When I'm trying to create stuff, like drawing, I do not try to draw inappropriate stuff."
Schools across the nation have made recent headlines for cracking down on the seemingly smallest discrepancies involving fake guns.
In January, Philadelphia fifth-grader Melody Valentin was searched and reprimanded by school officials after she was seen throwing out a piece of paper that allegedly resembled a gun.
A 5-year-old kindergarten student was suspended from Mount Carmel Area Elementary School in Mount Carmel, Penn., after she reportedly threatened to shoot a fellow classmate and herself with her Hello Kitty bubble gun.