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In just a three months after the Sandy Hook school shooting, administrators and teachers everywhere are becoming more and more sensitive to the issue of gun control, including the teachers of Park Elementary School in Brooklyn Park, Maryland.
BJ Welch was outraged last week to receive shocking news that his seven-year-old son Joshua Welch had been suspended from school because of a simple Pop-Tart. Joshua, in second grade and suffers from ADHD, was playing with his strawberry breakfast tart when his teacher noticed that it had been shaped closely to a gun figure.
“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,” and that the “teacher was visibly mad when she saw that the pastry looked like a gun,” said the boy in a statement from Fox News. Joshua additionally commented in an AOL video that “I didn’t get to eat all my breakfast, so really I am still hungry.”
According to CBS Local News, the Anne Arundel County school system sent a letter notifying all parents that “a student used food to make inappropriate gestures” in class and that school policy to deal with the issue was followed.
Aside from his outrage, Joshua’s father refuses media attention at the moment and is still at odds against the school system regarding their decision.
Ted Coskey of The Seattle Times voiced his opinion on the news story, stating that “I myself am very concerned […] about a nation that expels a young child from school for chewing his pastry into the shape of a gun or holding their finger like a gun, but at the same time allows parents to walk around openly with assault rifles. It seems like we are sending very mixed messages to our children.”