School Upholds Suspension of Student Who Shaped Pop-Tart Gun

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Zoe Read
Capital Gazette
June 12, 2013

ANNAPOLIS – Anne Arundel County Public Schools have denied a request to remove a suspension from the record of Josh Welch, a Park Elementary School student suspended in March for biting his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

Josh’s lawyer Rob Ficker said Tuesday he was disappointed with the decision made by county schools Superintendent Dr. Kevin Maxwell. He now has 30 days to file an appeal to the county Board of Education.

Josh was suspended from his school in Brooklyn Park after an incident that made national headlines about gun-shaped Pop-Tarts. But Ficker said Maxwell has added behavioral problems to the reasons for refusing to remove the suspension from Josh’s school record.

“The only reason they suspended him was because of the pastry,” he said. “Everyone knew he was playing. I am really disappointed in the superintendent’s decision.”

Bob Mosier, a county schools spokesman, called the incident a confidential student matter and declined to comment.