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Head backed for suspending boy because he made this 'Pop Tart gun'
The Daily Mail ^ | July 1, 2014 | Joel Christie

Posted on 07/02/2014 6:18:26 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

An investigation has found that an elementary school principal in Baltimore who suspended a seven-year-old boy for chewing a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun acted properly in her decision.

However the boy's family has lawyered up, and are threatening to take the case further.

Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School, said he was trying to nibble his strawberry breakfast snack into a mountain in March 2013.

But when it started to take shape he reportedly told his classmates: 'Look, I made a gun.'

Principal Sandra Blondell then removed Josh from school for two days.

Andrew Nussbaum, a lawyer who serves as a hearing examiner for several school systems surrounding Washington, submitted a 30-page report on Monday agreeing that Blondell was within her rights.

'As much as the parents want this case to be about a 'gun,' it is, rather, a case about classroom disruption from a student who has had a long history of disruptive behavior,' Nussbaum wrote in his opinion, according to CBS News.

'Had the student chewed his cereal bar into the shape of a cat and ran around the room, disrupting the classroom and making 'meow' cat sounds, the result would have been exactly the same.

Robin Ficker, an attorney for the Welch family, said that Josh may have had 'minor' disciplinary problems, but suspending him was taking the issue too far.

'It seems to me that schools need, with all their expertise and experience, they need to know how to deal with seven-year-old second-graders without putting them out of the educational setting,' Ficker told CBS.

'They need to deal with them rather than just throwing in the towel.

'If they can't deal with 7-year-olds, how can they deal with 17-year-olds?'

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: baltimore; poptartgun; suspension; zerotolerance

1 posted on 07/02/2014 6:18:26 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Abundy; Albion Wilde; AlwaysFree; AnnaSASsyFR; bayliving; BFM; Bigg Red; cindy-true-supporter; ...

Maryland “Freak State” PING!


2 posted on 07/02/2014 6:19:11 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Dang I did this every day with my Graham cracker. Mrs Heck never even blinked.


3 posted on 07/02/2014 6:21:32 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Once again, “academics” are proven to be among the most rigid, stupid people on Earth.


4 posted on 07/02/2014 6:31:43 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Was it an AK-47 pop tart or just an ordinary one?


5 posted on 07/02/2014 6:50:24 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
But when it started to take shape he reportedly told his classmates: 'Look, I made a gun.'

Pop-tarts? Wait until school-kids make guns on their 3D printers, and watch the hysteria. I hate liberals and what they're doing to schools.

6 posted on 07/02/2014 6:52:03 PM PDT by roadcat
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To: Drango

More importantly, was it a semi automatic pop tart?

Did it have a bayonet lug?

Did it have a pistol grip?

Was it a straw purchase?

Damn retards.


7 posted on 07/02/2014 6:52:53 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

pure insanity


8 posted on 07/02/2014 6:55:37 PM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Josh Welch said he was trying to nibble his strawberry breakfast snack into a mountain

Stick to your gun[s], Josh.

9 posted on 07/02/2014 7:23:39 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hard time for 7-year olds now. Have the adults grown up yet?


10 posted on 07/02/2014 7:25:20 PM PDT by MaxMax (Pay Attention and you'll be pissed off too! FIRE BOEHNER, NOW!)
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To: Drango

Would you expel him if he chewed it into the shape of a cigarette lighter?


11 posted on 07/02/2014 7:25:56 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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To: MaxMax

I think the 7-year-olds are more mature nowadays.


12 posted on 07/02/2014 7:26:59 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Border Crisis = Cloward-Piven, Chicano-style!)
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Are Pop Tart guns effective against that annoying Toaster Strudel kid ;?


13 posted on 07/02/2014 7:27:33 PM PDT by mikrofon (Happy Independence Day)
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To: PGR88

“Once again, ‘academics’ are proven to be among the most rigid, stupid people on Earth.”

I agree.

There are studies showing that education majors in college have the lowest SAT scores on admission, get easy A’s in their courses, and graduate with the highest GPA’s.

If you take people with limited intelligence, indoctrinate them, give them a falsely inflated sense of their own abilities, and put them in positions of authority, this is what you get.


14 posted on 07/02/2014 7:50:42 PM PDT by MikeNJ
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A pop-tart, or for that matter, any pastry in the wrong hands can present a very dangerous situation. The school official should be commended for the clear-headed and courageous actions he took in disarming this child, possibly preventing an escalating food fight.


15 posted on 07/02/2014 7:52:27 PM PDT by omni-scientist
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

“Andrew Nussbaum, a lawyer who serves as a hearing examiner for several school systems surrounding Washington, submitted a 30-page report on Monday agreeing that Blondell was within her rights.”

Just reflect on how absurd this is. A 30-page report on a non-event, the time and effort spent, the legal fees...


16 posted on 07/02/2014 8:12:21 PM PDT by MikeNJ
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To: Drango

All Pop Tart guns are AK’s, full auto, scoped, with 70 round magazines. With cop killer bullets.


17 posted on 07/02/2014 8:23:22 PM PDT by lurk
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To: lurk

Going to the Kroger tomorrow to stock up on pop tarts.

Do I need to get a federal background check to do that?

I am thinking chocolate. Might give me a PC edge.

Then no telling what I might do with the tasty toaster treats. Insert maniacial laughter. I might go postal with a pastry!


18 posted on 07/02/2014 8:30:43 PM PDT by Texas resident (The democrat party is the CPUSA)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Yet, if he had said “Look, Florida”, all would be hunky-dorey /s

The dumbing-down and pussification continues


19 posted on 07/02/2014 8:35:20 PM PDT by i_robot73 (Give me one example and I will show where gov't is the root of the problem(s).)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A 30 page report about a pop tart. That pretty well sums it up.


20 posted on 07/02/2014 8:35:46 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (Liberals were raised by women or wimps.)
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To: VerySadAmerican

“A 30 page report about a pop tart. That pretty well sums it up.”

Your Government At Work.

I’ve written this before: if you took ANY of the daily newspapers of the last few years into a time machine and brought it back to the 1970’s, readers on the other end would assume that we had lost World War III.


21 posted on 07/02/2014 8:45:41 PM PDT by The Antiyuppie ("When small men cast long shadows, then it is very late in the day.")
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To: skeeter

I once brought a Civil War sword to show-and-tell in the 3rd grade. Class and teacher thought it was cool. ... But this was back a long time ago when America existed.


22 posted on 07/02/2014 8:47:48 PM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Hi parents SENT HIM TO PUBLIC SCHOOL, after all. They have NO RIGHT to complain.


23 posted on 07/02/2014 9:02:13 PM PDT by BobL
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To: lurk

And when they are left in the toaster to long, they are black.


24 posted on 07/02/2014 10:12:18 PM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I saw this story on FOX45 Baltimore. Cannot believe the way they are spinning it now.


25 posted on 07/03/2014 4:02:11 AM PDT by Bigg Red (31 May 2014: Obamugabe officially declares the USA a vanquished subject of the Global Caliphate.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
Would you expel him if he chewed it into the shape of a cigarette lighter?

Looks like they come that way.

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26 posted on 07/03/2014 4:10:26 AM PDT by Mycroft Holmes (The fool is always greater than the proof.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

All Pop Tarts are in the shape of a Claymore Mine when they come out of the box.


27 posted on 07/03/2014 12:20:15 PM PDT by hattend (Firearms and ammunition...the only growing industries under the Obama regime.)
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