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Child Suspended From School For Shaping Pastry Into Gun
A Baltimore, Maryland father is furious after his son was suspended last week from school. What for? He chewed a breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun. The school says it was inappropriate, and when the child allegedly said "bang, bang" it constituted a threat.
Josh Welch, 7-years-old and a second grader, is accused of creating the gun in school. "I did not do that, I did not go bang, bang. Cause if it's in school, I do not go bang, bang, bang, bang," he says.
Still, school officials suspended the boy and sent a letter to parents. Even offered counseling to students who might have been affected.
"It's not something that he should have been suspended for in the first place," says Josh's father, B.J. Welch.
He met with administrators, who may be shifting positions.
He says they told him the boy was not suspended because he made a gun out of food. They say Josh, who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, was sent home simply because of his disruptive behavior in the classroom.
"I'm just kind of flustered about it because it just seems like maybe there's a change of course. You know, maybe trying to down play it a little bit after all the media exposure. So, I'm not happy about it," he says.
After missing two days of school, Josh is just ready to go back to class -- with no more thoughts of munching and molding his breakfast tart into any kind of weapon. "Heck no! I don't want to get suspended again for that!" he says.
There's no official comment from school officials. They're calling it a privacy issue.