Suspension over Pop-Tart gun will stay on boy’s school record

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. – There is still no resolution to the case of a Maryland boy, who was suspended from school for making his Pop-Tart look like a gun.

His parents want the suspension removed from his record, but the school board isn’t budging on the issue.

“It’s been like standing under Niagara Falls for a long time. After a while, it starts getting to you,” said Robin Ficker, the family’s attorney.

In March of 2013, Park Elementary School suspended second-grader Joshua Welch for chewing his breakfast pastry into a pretend gun, threatening other students.

Outraged by the punishment, his parents demanded the district erase the suspension from his record.

“I don’t see a reason for it to be there. And that’s been my goal from day one,” said William Welch, Joshua’s father.

However, the school administration says it is not backing down and is standing by its decision.

“This has never been about a gun, this has never been about a single incident,” said Bob Mosier, with Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

School officials say Welch’s bad behavior was not a one-time problem.

Instead, they say he was involved in 20 documented incidents before he was even suspended.

“And even Josh, in his own testimony, acknowledges that it’s not about a gun, it’s about his ongoing behavior,” said Mosier.

At a hearing on Wednesday, both sides became heated as they pleaded their case.

“It’s not that big a deal to let it go,” said Ficker.

No decision was made on Wednesday and school officials say they are not sure when the board will make a final decision.

Joshua’s parents say they have moved him to a different school.