7 Year Old Josh Welch Suspended for Making a Gun Out of School Dessert

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A 7-year-old student at Park Elementary School in Baltimore has been suspended for two days after playing with his food at school, Fox45 reports.

The interesting part of the story?  The child didn’t get in trouble for neglecting his manners, as some may have assumed — he was allegedly suspended because the “mountain” he was trying to make ended up looking like a gun.

Fox 45 relates:

Academics are hard for Josh [Welch], who suffers from ADHD, but he excels in art class.  It is Josh’s own creativity that may have gotten him into trouble.

At Park Elementary school, Josh was enjoying his breakfast pastry when he decided to try and shape it into a mountain.

Josh said, “It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn’t.”

Josh takes full responsibly for trying to shape his breakfast pastry, but admits it was in innocent fun. He told FOX45, “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 kinda.”

When his teacher saw the strawberry tart he knew he was in trouble, he recalls, “She was pretty mad…and I think I was in big trouble.”

Josh’s dad received a phone call from the school saying that Josh has been suspended for two days because he took his breakfast pastry and fashioned it into a gun.  Josh’s dad was astounded to learn the school chose such a harsh punishment, even after no one was hurt.  [Emphasis added]

Fox News has more on the story:


Lately, children across the country have been suspended for making “gun signs” with their hands, throwing make-believe grenades at pretend “evil forces” during a “save the world” game at recess, or even threatening to shoot bubbles at a classmate with a Hello Kitty gun.

In this case, the Baltimore-area school reportedly sent home a letter with the students explaining that Welch had used his food to make “inappropriate gestures.”

“I would almost call it insanity,” the boy’s father said incredulously.

He added with a laugh: “It’s a pastry, you know?”

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