Hearing For Md. Boy Suspended After Chewing Breakfast Pastry Into Gun Shape
LANHAM, Md. (WNEW) — A hearing will be held Wednesday in the case of a boy suspended from his Anne Arundel County elementary school for chewing his Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.
Attorney Robin Ficker will speak on behalf of the 7-year-old, and will argue that his suspension should be reversed and his record expunged.
The school board will host the open meeting at 1 p.m. at its headquarters in Annapolis.
Sandra Blondell, principal at Park Elementary School, removed the boy from class during the incident that took place in March 2013. Andrew Nussbaum, a lawyer who is serving as a hearing examiner for various school systems around Washington, rendered a 30-page opinion in July in which he agreed with Blondell’s actions.
The boy, according to Nussbaum’s opinion, told his classmates, after nibbling the breakfast pastry: “Look, I made a gun,” CBS News reported.
“As much as the parents want this case to be about a ‘gun,’ it is, rather, a case about classroom disruption from a student who has had a long history of disruptive behavior,” Nussbaum wrote in his opinion, which was dated June 26, The Washington Post reported.
“It seems to me that schools need, with all their expertise and experience, they need to know how to deal with 7-year-old second-graders without putting them out of the educational setting,” Ficker told CBS News. “They need to deal with them rather than just throwing in the towel…If they can’t deal with 7-year-olds, how can they deal with 17-year-olds?”
The boy has since transferred to another school.