Official: Pop tart “gun” suspension of 7-year old should be upheld


Baltimore Sun:

A hearing examiner recommended the Anne Arundel County school board uphold last year’s two-day suspension of a second-grader who was accused of nibbling a pastry into the shape of a gun.

But an attorney for the family of Joshua Welch said if the county board agrees, he’s prepared to take the matter to the state Board of Education.

“We’re going to do whatever we can to clear this little kid’s name and take the brand off his record,” attorney Robin Ficker said.

Hearing examiner Andrew Nussbaum, who was brought in by the school system to hear the case, sided with school officials in the sanctioning of Welch, then a 7-year-old Park Elementary School student whose suspension in March 2013 drew national media coverage and debate. Kimberly and B.J. Welch have since transferred their son to another school.

The school system has tried to say the suspension wasn’t about the “gun”, but the family’s attorney strongly disagrees with that characterization.

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