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Pastry gun offense to stay on boy’s record

– The family of a second-grade boy suspended from his school in Maryland’s Anne Arundel County for chewing his Pop-Tart-like pastry into the shape of a gun has lost a bid to have the episode expunged from the child’s record, according to the family’s attorney.

Attorney Robin Ficker met with school system officials Wednesday after filing an appeal asking that the suspension be reversed or that the child’s record be cleared. Schools officials did neither, and the family now plans to go to Superintendent Kevin Maxwell to argue that the boy, now 8, was simply playing, Ficker said.

“No one was hurt,” he said. “No one was scared.”

The second-grader, 7 at the time, was removed from class for two days in early March for chewing his pastry into a gun shape and aiming it at other students, an offense described as “classroom disruption.” It came at a time of heightened sensitivity about guns in the aftermath of the mass shooting in December in Newtown, Conn.

About the same time, children elsewhere were suspended for pointing fingers like guns and, in one case, talking about shooting a Hello Kitty “gun” that blows bubbles.

In many cases, appeals were granted by school officials.