Ridiculous Administrators Suspend Second-Grader For Making A Gun-Shaped Pastry

gun drawingPeople! Is it seriously so hard to use a little common sense when it comes to children and school discipline? I wouldn’t think so. But the latest extreme over-reaction about gun safety from school administrators proves otherwise. A second grade child has been suspended for making a “gun-shaped” pastry.

Little Josh Welch was just eating a Pop Tart. Administrators say that the young child chewed his snack into the shape of a gun and said, “Bang, bang.” For that, this boy was suspended for two days.

Please everyone, think for a second about the number of obscene shapes you could make with a Pop Tart. Then think about getting suspended from school for making any of those said shapes. It’s still ludicrous!

What’s more than that, Josh says that he never even made a gun out of his breakfast pastry. He says that his Pop Tart was shaped like a mountain. Which really shouldn’t matter that much, because who on earth gets suspended for shaping a pastry into anything? I am just so amazed and the level of incompetence that seems to be going on here!

Josh, who has a hard time in class and suffers from ADHD, probably isn’t looking at his first strike. My guess is that the school had disciplinary issues with him before and therefore gave a more severe punishment than necessary because the gun-shaped pastry was a continuation of certain inappropriate behavior. At least, that’s what I’m assuming because I’m trying to make sense of a completely senseless situation. I could be completely and utterly wrong here.

Josh, who likes art class, admits that he sometimes draws tanks or guns during art. He says that he doesn’t try to draw “inappropriate stuff.” He’s just a kid who is drawing things he is interested in. Whether we like it or not, plenty of young boys are interested in guns and army equipment.

But seriously! SERIOUSLY! We’re talking about a possible gun-shaped Pop Tart. This should not be a thing. This shouldn’t be an issue we have to discuss. Punishing this boy at all of a Pop Tart that might have been shaped like a gun is simply ridiculous.

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    • Lastango

      The administrators are doing CYA, guarding their career paths and pensions. That’s the natural outcome of all “zero tolerance” policies. If the administrators had called police or social services, the officers and case workers would have done their own CYA, perhaps including handcuffing the kid, interviewing the parents, visiting the home, opening a never-to-be-closed file, and otherwise terrorizing the family. That’s how government employees play the game.

      • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

        Yep. You have enough people that will sue at the drop of a hat that avoiding lawsuits is, in and of itself, a huge factor in school districts decision. It sucks.

      • Justme

        Yep. Because no school these days wants to be on the wrong end of the “now he tried to hurt another student and why didn’t the school do anything to stop this maniac child” argument.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KNLNLVF3LXWHCBAINHSCDTCG2M Ed Thesled

      I believe he was trying to emulate movie star and major BHO donor Will Smith, who fires lots of guns in lots of his movies. Or perhaps he was pretending to be BHO campaign spokesman Samuel L. Jackson, who uses guns in nearly all of his uplifting performances (did little Josh refer to any of his classmates as m*th*f*ck*s as he was chewing the Pop Tar?). Maybe he felt inspired by all of the guns used in all of the movies produced by major BHO/DNC fundraiser Harvey Weinstein.

      • LindsayCross

        Seriously?

      • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

        You know SLJ has made a lot of pro-gun statements right?

    • Makabit

      On the one hand, yes, of course, this is ridiculous and over the top, and the child shouldn’t have been punished so severely…I mean, I can’t make a real case for this suspension.

      OTOH, I immediately flashed to a sixth-grader I once taught who, regardless of how often he was asked not to, no matter what penalties were imposed, would persist in doing the line from “Scarface”–”Say hello to my little friend!” and raking the class with mimed gunfire.

      If I could have gotten that kid suspended, I would have. Heck, after the hundredth rendition of “Say hello to me little friend!” I would have had him expelled. As it was, he had to stay after class and write letters of apology for disrupting people’s educational experience. A lot.

      So I do sort of wonder if this kid’s gun interests finally got to the point where some teacher said, “If you do that one more time…” and he did it one more time.

      • wannabevenus

        maybe ignoring him would’ve been better..some kids thrive on negative attention. Or maybe he should’ve been forced to do it like, 100 times in a row. Who knows? kids obsess over stuff but usually tire of it after awhile.

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