• The Washington Post


A 7-year-old Maryland boy was suspended for two days for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun and saying, “bang, bang”- an offense that the school described as a threat to other students, his family said.

The pastry “gun” was a rectangular strawberry-filled bar, akin to a Pop-Tart, that the second-grader had tried to nibble into the shape of a mountain Friday, but then found it looked more like a gun, said his father, William Welch.

Welch said an assistant principal at Park Elementary School in Baltimore told him his son pointed the pastry at a classmate — although the child maintains he pointed it at the ceiling. “In my eyes, it’s irrelevant. I don’t care who he pointed it at,” Welch said. “It was harmless. It was a Danish.”

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