‘Pop-Tart bill’ would protect school kids’ right to turn pastry into guns

by LESLIE LARSON / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS  |  published on February 19, 2014

The right to bear … Pop-Tarts?

The Florida legislature is considering a bill to offer protection to children who play with imaginary guns at school, including those “brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food” that resembles the shape of a weapon.

The detailed provision refers to the case of 8-year-old Josh Welch in Maryland, who was suspended from school in March for chewing his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

As schools adopt zero tolerance-to-violence policies in response to the December 2012 shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school, parents have complained of draconian disciplinary measures including cases where children were disciplined for wearing National Rifle Association T-shirts, carrying miniaturized gun made of Legos or using their fingers as a pretend gun.

To rectify this, Florida State Rep. Dennis Baxley, R- Ocala, introduced a measure to the Florida House K-12 Subcommittee, dubbed the “Pop-Tart Bill,” to offer “a layer of common sense” in applying zero tolerance.

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