Family Research Council

Strawberry Pastry Leads to a Jam-Packed Debate


By Tony Perkins
March 18, 2013

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People are worried about kids' safety, but a new law says that some school policies are jumping the gun. Hello, I'm Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Toaster strudel isn't exactly a deadly weapon, but it was sure treated like one in a Maryland classroom. The hype after last year's shootings took an absurd turn when Maryland teachers suspended a second-grader for biting his breakfast pastry into something resembling a gun. School officials overreacted to the point of offering counseling to kids "who may have been traumatized by the pastry." Their response was so over the top that a state senator is introducing a bill called the "Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act." It stops schools from punishing students who own or make something that looks like a gun--but isn't one. If teachers can't distinguish between those and an actual weapon, they'll be the ones facing discipline. I understand that the shootings triggered a lot of fear. But when it comes to children's toys or games, there's no need to go ballistic.

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