Boy, 7, suspended over pastry shape

March 4, 2013 at 4:05 PM

BALTIMORE, March 4 (UPI) -- A Maryland father said it was "insanity" to suspend his 7-year-old son from school for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

Josh Welch, a second-grader at Park Elementary School in Baltimore, said he was trying to chew his breakfast pastry into the shape of a mountain during breakfast at the school Friday, WBFF-TV, Baltimore, reported Monday.

"It was already a rectangle and I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun but it wasn't." the boy said. "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."

However, he said he knew he was in "big trouble" when a teacher saw what he created.

B.J. Welch, the boy's father, said he was shocked when Josh was suspended for two days.

"I would almost call it insanity. I mean with all the potential issues that could be dealt with at school, real threats, bullies, whatever the real issue is, it's a pastry ... ya know?"

The school sent a note home with students Friday afternoon.

"A student used food to make an inappropriate gesture," the note read.

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