Step Away From The Danish: Maryland Seven-Year-Old Boy Suspended For Nibbling Lunch Tart Into Gun Shape

220px-Strawberry-Pop-TartsWe have yet another case of lunacy in our schools as part of the zero tolerance policy regarding guns. We have previously explored how teachers and school administrators are expelling or suspending students for everything from finger guns to stick figures. (here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here). For a prior column, click here. Now, Josh Welch, 7, was suspended for two days because he nibbled on his strawberry tart and made it look like a gun. He picked up the fearsome Danish and said “bang, bang” and a teacher reported was irate.

In the latest example of a zero-tolerance policy concerning weapons brought to school that some see as having been taken to an extreme, a 7-year-old boy was suspended for two days over a breakfast pastry.

William “B.J.” Welch, the boy’s father, insists “It was harmless. It was a danish.” Yet, the teacher and the administrators at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., were irate. An assistant principal said in a letter to all parents that a student had “used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class” and offered counseling to any student who might need it. Counseling for a lethal pop tart? At what point do administrators or teachers actually get fired for such foolishness?

By the way, Josh Welch suffers from ADHD and has a particular flare for art.
He told FOX45, “All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain but, it didn’t look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun kinda.”

I simply cannot imagine the thought process of the teacher who was reported visibly upset with the nibbled pastry and took it upon herself to seize the child and his tart. Then you have the school administrator who did not simply tell the teacher that her reaction was absurd and instead suspended the child. In this story, the most reasonable party appears to be the seven-year-old with the ADHD. He apologized and could have been simply told not to nibble his tarts into gun shapes. These cases continue to arise because there is no response to teachers and administrators in taking such actions. These officials hide behind “zero tolerance” policies as an excuse for zero judgment or thought.

Source: Kansas City

67 thoughts on “Step Away From The Danish: Maryland Seven-Year-Old Boy Suspended For Nibbling Lunch Tart Into Gun Shape”

  1. ‘Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act’ proposed in Maryland

    A Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or talking about things, or eating things — that represent guns, but aren’t actually anything like real guns.

    A nationwide flurry of suspensions seemed to reach an absurd level recently when Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, Maryland, was suspended for two days because his teacher thought he shaped a strawberry, pre-baked toaster pastry into something resembling a gun.

  2. OS,

    I remember trying to read it when if first came out and I got to a spot where L.Ron took two and a half pages to describe a mountainside that could have been described in one paragraph before I gave up, but his ridiculous aliens were stinking up the joint well before then. I keep a copy of it around (along with Bret Easton Ellis’ equally putrid “American Psycho” which reads like a banal yuppie shopping wish list combined with the same formula Robert Bloch used to much better effect 20 years previous in “Psycho”) to remind me how not to write a novel. Seriously, who gives a shit about a killer’s consumerist obsession with wearing so and so’s shoes and Mr. X’s brand shirts? I understand how Hubbard’s book sales are buoyed by the cult purchases, but for the life of me I can’t figure out the attraction to Ellis’ work which is uniformly filled with unsympathetic venal emotionally crippled yuppies who are impossible to bond with unless you yourself are a venal emotionally crippled yuppie obsessed with “stuff”. Where is the market for that created . . . oh, wait . . . never mind. :mrgreen:

  3. Gene,
    I tried to read “Battlefield Earth” when it was first published. At that time I was on a science fiction reading kick. I think I made it into the book about five pages before I declared defeat. There are some books so bad they are good. This is not one of them. I forgot what I did with it, but I think I dropped it into a Goodwill donation box to get it out of the house.

  4. Don’t worry. Politicians have found a solution to this madness. We take tax dollars out of the public school system and give it to private entitles to create charter schools where those paranoid school administrators can be replaced by reasonable people who will teach our kids that life on the plantation really was good and the Trail of Tears brought many Indians to Christ and hippies worshipped Satan in the ’60s and The Flintstones was pretty much accurate. There. Feel better?

  5. Yeah. The world was a much better place when mental illness was treated like demon possession, er, um, your thetan not being clear, er, let’s see, non-scientific mumbo jumbo. Shame on you OS for trying to help the sick of the world via the scientific method instead of bilking them for cash via a Ponzi scheme! On the plus side though, at least you didn’t write that dreadful drivel that is “Battlefield Earth”.

  6. Yes its very sad that anyone would object to the most vile ‘profession’ in the world, psychiatry. Those poor SS agents and Stalin’s concentration camp officers were also terribly maligned. Poor OS, the pompous psychiatrist… Why won’t everybody let him go on quietly poisoning the world? Ah well, at least he gets to try to poison people’s minds on these blogs…

  7. Dr. S.
    I know all that. I have been in this business for more than forty years. For example, many manics like to feel that way. If they are straightforward, they will admit it. Mood stabilizers make them feel, in their view, as if they are moving in slow motion.

    Schizophrenics have told me the meds make their thinking cloudy, and the only time they feel “clear-headed” is when they are off their meds. Never mind they talk in word salad, hallucinate and have delusions.

    What I think the original commenter was getting at, was an allegation that psychiatric medications increase dangerousness and suicidal ideation. Of course that is not true, but they don’t let facts get in the way of the anti-psychiatry and anti-medication agenda. We have had a rash of anti-psychiatry/psychology trolls lately. They pop up from time to time, then disappear for a while.

  8. OS,

    One reason that psychiatric patients go off their meds (or refuse them) is that the side effects can be awful, like being constipated all the time and having a head that feels like lead, making them have to struggle to get through a leaden curtain to think and then be able to think very slowly. A second reason is that once they begin to feel better, they believe they no longer need their meds (and may be happy to discard the side-effects anyway). A third reason is that they don’t want to be controlled by medication, believing they are already being controlled by the government or whatever (which today isn’t necessarily being “paranoid”).

  9. RobinH,
    I clicked on that anti-mental health link. Typical. There are people who are convinced that psychiatric medications should be abandoned. Robin, I am old enough to remember those Bedlam days before psychiatric medications were invented. People do NOT get more violent on these medications. When things go wrong it is usually for one or more reasons:

    – Wrong medication for the condition. Psychiatrists are no different from any other specialty of physician. Sometimes the condition is not easily diagnosed and is missed. For example, in children and young people, pediatric onset bipolar disorder is mistaken for ADHD. The symptoms are almost identical.

    – Dosage too low. Most physicians prescribing psych meds are cautious when first prescribing a medication, and it is below therapeutic levels.

    – Patient not medication compliant. They say they are taking the meds but are not.

    – About 15 percent of psychiatric patients are medication resistant for some reason. The meds simply don’t work.

    – Patient allergic to some ingredient in the medication. That is true of all medications; some patients have allergies that go undetected until given a medication containing an allergen.

    – Some medications for a particular condition do not work, while others formulated for the same condition do work. Finding the right combination of meds is sometimes difficult because every patient is different. That is why there are more than fifteen anti-depressant medications. One may work while another will not, and the reason for the difference is not always clear.

    – Anti-psychiatry propaganda web sites such as the one linked to convince mentally ill patients and their families to not take the medications. The patient decompensates, kills or injures somebody or themselves, and the medications are then blamed.

    – Due to insurance constraints, the patient receives little or no followup care after being prescribed medications, so the psychiatrists is unaware when a medication is not working.

    – Research shows that a combination of medication and psychotherapy work better together for most mental illnesses than either modality does alone. If in regular ongoing psychotherapy, the therapist can alert the prescribing physician if there are problems developing.

    – The prescribing psychiatrist is unaware of other medications the patient is taking because they are not told. This may be due to the patient forgetting, or in some cases, lying. Some patients also medicate themselves with alcohol and/or illegal drugs. In those cases they almost never tell the doctor. Many psychiatric drugs have adverse interactions with medications for other conditions. For example, one commonly used antidepressant has powerful and sometimes life threatening complications when taken with a common heart medication such as Lanoxin. I am personally aware that many patients forget to tell the psychiatrist about cardiac medications because they do not think it is relevant to the mental health condition.

    – Most psychiatric medications have made life better and more liveable for millions of people. Depression is the most easily diagnosed and easily treated of all psychiatric problems. Yet, left untreated, depression can easily end in suicide or sometimes murder-suicide.

    – Are there bad psychiatrists? Yes indeed. Just as there are bad surgeons, bad family practitioners and bad dentists. George Carlin had a routine where he talked about the fact it is scary that somewhere, there is the worst doctor in the country. He said, “The scarier thing is that tomorrow morning, somebody has an appointment with that doctor.”

    – The real crime in this country is not enough competent mental heath care, not too much. Lay that at the feet of the for-profit insurance industry and those politicians who object to universal government-sponsored insurance such as Medicare for all.

  10. Pete:

    Strangely, the sparkle like objects in the Nyan Cat video look like what I saw during Taser training when I had my eyes closed and got Tased in the back.

    The difference was the background was black and the sparkles were not moving from one side but were bigger. The rest looked a lot alike.

  11. Here is perhaps the most horrid thing a child could ever possess according to the conventional wisdom of school officials such as these.

    Glass Pistol Replica Filled with Tequila

    I had these at my store for the Christmas rush and sold out each one of them. If a 3rd grader had taken to school one of these alcohol filled representations of a handgun, a drunken rampage would have ensued.

  12. Otteray Scribe:

    These successive incarnations of Bill McW are becoming decreasingly tolerable with each iteration.

  13. sorry to add my 2 cents but travelin is right. its well documented if you know where to look and obviously it isnt main stream..

    the below link is one of just many concerning the fraud called psychiatry

    i often wonder why people have not asked themselves why is it a person will be passive, docile, meek whichever you prefer to call. UNTIL they are given psychiatric meds and that very same person is suddenly, suicidal or homicidal for no reason.

    i also wonder when people are going to stand up and ask where in the blinking blazes did all these so called new mental disablities come from…. NONE of our ancestors suffered from any of it.. yet the more new technological medications we receive the worse the conditions get.. all meds are given to the people with the sole purpose of keeping them controlled and unable to think clearly to fight back against the cabalist world bankers and their minions

  14. Yes, the administrations of these schools need to have brain transplants, attitude lobotomies, or “indoctrination” in critical thinking skills. Then they need to construct a set of reasonable guidelines for dealing with children’s natural behavior and making the distinction between it and aberrant behavior or ideation. They need to step back from thinking that nearly everything a child does is automatically sexual abuse or terrorism. Furthermore, they need to start considering the negative effect all this so-called “zero-tolerance” crap has on the children (who seem to get lost inthese discussions and searchfor solutions) and get back to having conferences between teachers and parents when something of real concern arises .I know,”Get real!”

  15. I think I watched the whole cat run. So, what did it do along the way? I missed it.

  16. travelinglimey,
    Seldom have I seen anyone put so much effort into saying so little. That was an impressive display of…..something.

    I am still waiting for links. WordPress will allow you to embed two (2) links in a single comment without it going to moderation limbo. If you have more than two, then add them with follow up links. Dinnertime is calling. I am sure when I get back you will have some actual information. BTW, talking louder is not the same as talking substantively. :mrgreen:

  17. That is it! PattyCake. Or however ya spull it. The Occupy Board of Education Movement can sit in a circle in front of the Board of Education Bldg. on the night of the Board Meeting. They can all wear their Tee Shirts with pop tarts carved into gun shapes taped to the front and back and they can play PattyCake and make up words to ridicule the school, the teacher, the principal (none dare call a principal a Pal) and the Board. Have a stone pedestal there and put the kid who got expelled on the pedestal. Mommies can sell brownines shaped like rifles and pistols. A couple of faux grenades wont hurt either. Second Coming of the Second Amendment Festival.

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