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Common Sense ‘Pop Tart’ Gun Bill Becomes Law In Florida [ Gov.Rick Scott]
The Inquisitr ^ | 06/23/14

Posted on 06/23/2014 8:35:58 AM PDT by SES1066

The “zero-tolerance” policy has become pretty insane in recent years, with school officials drastically over-reacting to kids being, well, normal kids. In one incident last year, a little boy in Maryland chewed his Pop-tart into the shape of a gun, and the adults in his school went ballistic. Legislators in Florida are pushing back against the madness by passing a “Pop-tart bill.”

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: education; florida; poptart; school; toyguns; zerotolerance
Compare and contrast;

Park Elementary School, Anne Arundel County, Maryland
In a recent update to the Pop tart kid’s case (Joshua Welch Age 7 at the time), his parents met in April with school officials in the vain attempt to get the potential damaging gun-related offense off of his record. The top attorney for the school, Laurie Pritchard, defended the school’s actions,
“First of all, it wasn’t a Pop-Tart,” said Pritchard. “It was a breakfast pastry.”

Some in the Florida legislature obviously agree that some teachers have apparently lost their minds, or at least their ability to reason out simple scenarios. They have pro-actively introduced, and passed, a bill that spells out, in language so simple that even a confused teacher can understand, what types of pretend guns pose no threat and are thus permitted:
Brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item to simulate a firearm or weapon.
Possessing a toy firearm or weapon that is 2 inches or less in overall length.
Possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of plastic snap-together building blocks.
Using a finger or hand to simulate a firearm or weapon.
Vocalizing an imaginary firearm or weapon.
Drawing a picture, or possessing an image, of a firearm or weapon.
Using a pencil, pen, or other writing or drawing utensil to simulate a firearm or weapon.

One Florida Legislator, State Sen. Greg Evers (R), gave his incentive for the bill on a Florida school incident;
"Two kids were sitting down reading a book and there was a picture of a Wild Wild West show and one person has a gun," he told the Herald in April. "One student tells another student that he's got a cap gun at home that's the same as the one in the picture. The teacher sent him to the principal and he was expelled."

1 posted on 06/23/2014 8:35:58 AM PDT by SES1066
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To: SES1066

I read that title and thought Miley Cyrus had been banned from owning a gun.


2 posted on 06/23/2014 8:37:56 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: SES1066
Possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of plastic snap-together building blocks.

What about Play-Doh®?

3 posted on 06/23/2014 8:39:43 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: SES1066

What about allowing spent shells on a student’s person or a live round less any firing-tool.

These are not a threat and should be allowed.


4 posted on 06/23/2014 8:43:07 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: SES1066

Pop Tarts are bad for you, and therefore should be banned.


5 posted on 06/23/2014 8:43:39 AM PDT by fwdude (The last time the GOP ran an "extremist," Reagan won 44 states.)
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To: SES1066

It would be nice if they would pass a law requiring prospective teachers to pass a test on logical reasoning and have psycholigical evaluation on their mental competence before being allowed access to our most precious resource.


6 posted on 06/23/2014 8:45:12 AM PDT by yuleeyahoo (Liberty is not collective, it is personal. All liberty is individual liberty. - Calvin Coolidge)
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To: cripplecreek

Oh, a “pop” tart.

Maybe she should be banned from owning hammers.


7 posted on 06/23/2014 8:45:24 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: SES1066
When I was in 8th grade, 37 years ago, we as a class had a year long game of Assignation” going on. We all had a person that we had to take out. There were rules to how you could take someone out. If you failed or they got you first you went back into the pool. Now the weapons were water pistols. All I ever recall happening is that the teachers kids must have quite a lot of water guns to play with that summer.

No suspension, expulsions or detentions even. Just got your gun taken. If you did not have a back up, word spread quickly. What fun that year was!

8 posted on 06/23/2014 8:45:52 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: SES1066

All this does is make me want to go buy PopTarts. Oh, the cinnamon ones... the chocolate fudge ones... they used to make raspberry one with pink frosting (how I adored them) but now they have white frosting with sprinkles and it just isn’t the same.


9 posted on 06/23/2014 8:47:35 AM PDT by A_perfect_lady
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To: SES1066

What’s the remedy to a person wrongly charged?


10 posted on 06/23/2014 8:48:25 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: ConservingFreedom

11 posted on 06/23/2014 8:50:52 AM PDT by ConservingFreedom (A goverrnment strong enough to impose your standards is strong enough to ban them.)
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To: SES1066

Could be a problem.
I’m pretty sure that some PopTarts can be chewed into the shape of assault riffles with banana clips.


12 posted on 06/23/2014 8:55:51 AM PDT by Ouchthatonehurt ("When you're going through hell, keep going." - Sir Winston Churchill)
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To: SES1066

There was a time where laws were written as a baseline separating acts of right and wrong. Now we need laws on the books that identify common sense from absurdity.


13 posted on 06/23/2014 8:56:29 AM PDT by Jagdgewehr (It will take blood.)
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To: SES1066

It’s a mistake to think the liberals have lost their mind. This is part of their indoctrination agenda. They made an extreme example out of some poor kid eating a “breakfast pastry” in order to send a message to all the other kids. The message is clear, grow up to be afraid of firearms. Their reasoning is equally clear.


14 posted on 06/23/2014 9:06:43 AM PDT by RC one (Militarized law enforcement is just a nice way of saying martial law enforcement. xtr)
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To: SES1066

It must be tough to be a parent today with your child having to deal with idiots posing as teachers and school administrator.


15 posted on 06/23/2014 9:11:01 AM PDT by OldPossum ("It's" is the contraction of "it" and "is"; think about ITS implications.)
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To: SES1066

““First of all, it wasn’t a Pop-Tart,” said Pritchard. “It was a breakfast pastry.””

Well now, that changes everything.

/sarc


16 posted on 06/23/2014 9:14:04 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: OldPossum
It's pretty easy. Teach the kid to not show disrespect, but it's proper to not actually have any respect for the authorities. Contempt and ridicule are appropriate.
17 posted on 06/23/2014 9:14:05 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: A_perfect_lady

Have you tired the S’Mores? They are yummy!


18 posted on 06/23/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: defconw
...we as a class had a year long game of Assignation”...

You do mean assassination, I presume? Assignation would be a whole 'nother ball o' wax!

19 posted on 06/23/2014 9:21:46 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: JimRed

LOL, I guess I should have been studying my spelling instead of tracking prey with a water pistol. I really wish we had an edit button!


20 posted on 06/23/2014 9:23:50 AM PDT by defconw (LUTFA!)
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To: SES1066

If we cannot legislate morality then its impossible to legislate common sense. The lawmakers are addressing the wrong side of the equation. These principals and teachers involved have demonstrated they are incapable of overseeing the children’s best interests. They should not be allowed to remain in authority.


21 posted on 06/23/2014 9:36:40 AM PDT by Raycpa
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To: SES1066

This is a move in the right direction. The right move would be to lock up the people who expelled the kids.


22 posted on 06/23/2014 9:41:35 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Media: completely irresponsible. Complicit in the destruction of this country.)
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To: ConservingFreedom

Play-Doh is a no no. Could be mistaken for C4. Can’t have our little ones running around with C4. /s


23 posted on 06/23/2014 12:43:49 PM PDT by 2001convSVT (Going Galt as fast as I can.)
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To: SES1066

http://www.myfloridahouse.gov/Sections/Documents/loaddoc.aspx?FileName=PCB%20KTS%2014-02.DOCX&DocumentType=Proposed%20Committee%20Bills%20(PCBs)&Session=2014&CommitteeId=2713

This was nice but there are so many “Unless...” clauses in there that it probably will change very little...


24 posted on 06/23/2014 5:04:11 PM PDT by wonkowasright (Wonko from outside the asylum)
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