Josh Welch, Park Elementary School Pop Tart controversy: Suspended for turning it into shape of gun
Wayne Harrison, the denver channel.com
9:26 AM, Mar 4, 2013
7:30 PM, Mar 4, 2013
BALTIMORE, Md. - A seven-year-old Maryland boy has been suspended from school after biting his breakfast pastry into a shape that his teacher thought looked like a gun.
Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, said he was trying to nibble his strawberry Pop Tart 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. "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."
But when his teacher saw what he had done, the boy says she got "pretty mad" and he knew he was "in big trouble."
Josh's dad was called by the school and informed that his son had been suspended for two days.
"I asked if was any one was hurt, they said 'No'," B.J. Welch said. "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 issue is. It's a pastry."
The school sent home a letter with every student informing parents that: "A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture."
Josh, who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and enjoys art classes, said that his actions were innocent, according to a report in the Daily Mail .