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7-year-old Md. boy suspended for shaping pastry into gun

- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 3, 2013

A 7-year-old Baltimore boy was suspended Friday for two days after he shaped his breakfast pastry into what appeared to be a gun, his dad said. Josh Welch, who suffers from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, told Fox Baltimore that he was trying to shape the tart into a mountain.

"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 told the station. "All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain."

Josh said his teacher was "pretty mad."

Josh's dad, who was not identified, said he received a phone call from the school, notifying him of the suspension.

"I would almost call it insanity," he said. "I mean with all the potential issues that could be dealt with at school, real threats, bullies, whatever the real issue is, it's a pastry. ... Ya know?"

A letter was sent home with Park Elementary School students Friday explaining that "a student used food to make an inappropriate gesture," the station reported.

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