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Suspension over gun-shaped toaster pastry is now permanent mark on kidís record
dailycaller.com ^ | 6-13-2013 | Eric Owens

Posted on 06/13/2013 5:05:50 AM PDT by servo1969

This week brought more bad news for Joshua Welch, the Baltimore-area second-grader who was suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped a breakfast pastry into something resembling a gun.

School officials have denied an appeal to have the suspension expunged from the boy’s permanent record, reports The Baltimore Sun.

Robin Ficker, the attorney representing Welch and his family, said he will now take the matter to the Anne Arundel County school board. Under local regulations, he has 30 days to do so.

“If this school can’t educate a seven-year-old without putting him out of school, how are they going to deal with 17-year-olds?” Ficker said, according to The Sun.

Welch, who is now eight, was suspended from Park Elementary School for two days in March after he allegedly sculpted the pastry into something that maybe looked like a gun.

At the time, Welch told Baltimore FOX affiliate WBFF that his goal was to turn the prefabricated delicacy into a mountain, but that didn’t really materialize.

“It was already a rectangle. I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top of it and kind of looked like a gun,” he said.

“But it wasn’t,” the boy astutely added.

In May, Ficker met with school officials in a failed attempt to have the suspension removed from Welch’s record.

On Monday, Ficker received a letter officially denying the request. The letter came from an unnamed school district official acting as an agent of Superintendent Kevin Maxwell.

The district’s reasoning is unclear. Bob Mosier, a spokesman for Anne Arundel County schools, had no comment for The Sun.

While it seems like Joshua Welch’s spring has been pretty awful, there has been a glimmer of good news. Two months after Welch was suspended, the National Rifle Association granted him a free lifetime membership (which is worth around $550). (RELATED: Boy suspended for ‘Pop-Tart Pistol’ receives NRA lifetime membership)

Also, Sen. J. B. Jennings, a Republican who represents Baltimore Harford Counties, introduced “The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013.” The bill, which apparently went nowhere, was designed to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students for having things — or eating things — that represent guns, but aren’t actually anything like real guns.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: baltimore; banglist; democrats; govtabuse; guncontrol; joshua; kid; liberalfascism; maryland; pastry; poptart; rapeofliberty; secondamendment; welch
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1 posted on 06/13/2013 5:05:50 AM PDT by servo1969
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To: servo1969

“I’m sorry kid but that incident back in grade school with the pop tart ...we can’t hire you to work for the Department of Homeland Security because of it. It’s just too much of a risk”


2 posted on 06/13/2013 5:11:41 AM PDT by jsanders2001
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To: servo1969

A message from a resident of the communist state of Maryland :

HELP !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 06/13/2013 5:11:56 AM PDT by Lionheartusa1 (-: Socialism & Communism are the equal distribution of misery :-)
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To: servo1969

the local hardware store was selling bbq butane lighters that were shaped like scoped bolt action rifles. I bought a couple and the next time I was in there he told me that he was told they were illegal because toys should have orange tips and kids could conceivably use these as toy guns....

think I will buy out the rest of his stock.


4 posted on 06/13/2013 5:12:52 AM PDT by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just kill you.)
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To: servo1969

If I were that boys parent, I’d sue the school hard. Then I’d pull him out of that school and home school him.

This zero tolerance crap is going way too far.


5 posted on 06/13/2013 5:13:02 AM PDT by BCR #226 (02/07 SOT www.extremefirepower.com...The BS stops when the hammer drops.)
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To: servo1969
Robin always has a trick or two up his sleeve. Next ~ the principal's credit rating. This little story would be so delightful to run up against in checking somebody out to qualify for a mortgage.

Imagine this, "principal aardvark suspended a young child from school for eating a pancake into the shape of a gun, or at least it seemed that way to aardvark"

6 posted on 06/13/2013 5:16:22 AM PDT by muawiyah (Git yer Red STATE Arm Bands here - $29.95 - NOT SOLD IN STORES - TAX FREE)
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To: servo1969

“Do not fear their fear [what they fear]”

Let them. I envision that it will be to the ridicule and shame, not of the lad with the mountainous pop tart that might look like a gun too, but of the system that did it.


7 posted on 06/13/2013 5:16:35 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Whatever promise that God has made, in Jesus it is yes. See my page.)
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To: BCR #226

It’s education for the future. Teaching kids how to function in a police state.


8 posted on 06/13/2013 5:17:00 AM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: servo1969

Wear it like a badge of honor. And make sure your parents stick the taxpayers of that school district with multi million dollar court judgement as a reward for them standing back and doing nothing to stop this stupidity in its tracks. That school board and administration are dangerous animals and if the people paying their salaries won’t keep said animal on a leash then they get to pay up for the damage it does.


9 posted on 06/13/2013 5:17:56 AM PDT by Orangedog (An optimist is someone who tells you to 'cheer up' when things are going his way)
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To: BCR #226
Our school uses an on-line current events game, and a question about the boy came up during yesterdays game.

When I explained what had happen about a half a dozen kids said, "sure glad they didn't see me when I did the same thing when I was in primary school.

10 posted on 06/13/2013 5:18:45 AM PDT by mware
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To: BCR #226

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3029965/posts


11 posted on 06/13/2013 5:19:33 AM PDT by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: servo1969

If only the kid had joined the "Choom Gang" instead.

12 posted on 06/13/2013 5:21:36 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (The Civil Servants Are No Longer Servants...Or Civil.)
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To: servo1969
Suspension over gun-shaped toaster pastry is now permanent mark on kid’s record

It should be a badge of honor. In 15-20 years, he can proudly say: "Yeah, I was the 7 year-old kid who was persecuted by those asinine, vindictive, reactionary school ''officials.""

13 posted on 06/13/2013 5:22:19 AM PDT by PGR88
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To: servo1969

I think it is high time we pursue Gun Education instead of scaring our children for life psychologically. We live in a country that allows us to “keep and bear arms.” Let’s teach to a level that keeps our kids safe, instead of making a Constitutional Right something to be afraid of or worse as demonstrated by this loony result.

Oh...and in case you didn’t catch what I just said, let me repeat what they are doing to our children about our Constitutional Rights....

...instead of making a Constitutional Right something to be afraid of...


14 posted on 06/13/2013 5:26:55 AM PDT by EBH (The government that sits in Washington, D.C. is not the United States government.)
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To: servo1969

Time to flip the script and make “being harassed by public school authorities over non-guns” a positive. A feature, not a bug.


15 posted on 06/13/2013 5:29:06 AM PDT by ExGeeEye (It's been over 90 days; time to start on 2014. Carpe GOP!)
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To: servo1969

The parents are “fighting back” but they are still fools if if they keep their child in public school. Even it they get the terrible black mark “expunged” it will never go away, will be available for college use, and more such entries are being made in his records about his troublemaking parents. You cannot win in this sort of fight unless you can collect a a big enough bunch of damages to be able to afford to get the hell out of the state and keep the child henceforth OUT of public school anywhere.


16 posted on 06/13/2013 5:31:40 AM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economiws In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: servo1969

And the jackasses on Capitol Hump think that the immigration system is “broken”. Geesh. Our public schools are a mess. A bunch of clueless morons.


17 posted on 06/13/2013 5:46:36 AM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (23,116,441 households on Food Stamps! Now that's what I call HISTORICAL!!!)
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To: Lionheartusa1
maryland ( THE Freak state) is truly hopeless. The best thing you can do is begin planning to leave and do so as quickly as possible. I know. Been there...done that. And unlike Lot's wife...don't look back. Free at last! Thank God...Free at last!
18 posted on 06/13/2013 5:49:48 AM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: servo1969

It’s Baltimore——Pelosi’s Hometown. they elected Elijah Cummings.

O’Malley was Mayor there.

The guards in the jail provided dope and sex to the inmates.

Come on—does anyone really expect any common sense coming from there?


19 posted on 06/13/2013 5:52:42 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: servo1969

A 7 year old gets suspended and a permanent mark on his record for having a gun shaped pop tart, but a 13 YO will be able to get plan B without anyone batting an eye.


20 posted on 06/13/2013 5:58:57 AM PDT by Brooklyn Attitude (Obama being re-elected is the political equivalent of OJ being found not guilty.)
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