[Ed. – Howard Portnoy originally reported on the horrifying breach of Maryland’s zero tolerance policy in 2013 when 7-year-old Josh Welch — inadvertently, according to Josh — ate his toaster pastry into a shape that could be interpreted as a gun. As Joe Newby’s illustration for this latest update demonstrates nicely, the pastry could also be seen as a representation of Florida. But apparently the young scamp was a repeat offender. As with so many things these days, the real issue is not that rules are being enforced; the issue is WHAT the rules are.]
Three years ago, a seven-year-old boy in Maryland was suspended for chewing a Pop Tart into the rough shape of a gun. The family has fought the suspension ever since and recently got a bit of bad news.
According to CBS Baltimore, a judge upheld the suspension. …
After a three year battle, an Anne Arundel County circuit court judge has ruled the boy’s actions were disruptive and that a suspension was appropriate.
Officials with Anne Arundel County Schools have always said Josh’s behavior wasn’t a one-time deal. They say there were 20 documented incidents before he was even suspended.