The family of the 7-year-old boy from Ann Arundel County elementary school who was suspended for making a gun shape out of a pastry has tried to clear the boy’s record.
This story made headlines across the country as the gun control debate has taken center stage among many elementary schools as some school administrators flex their muscles with a “zero tolerance policy” that excuses itself from common sense.
But according to the Baltimore Sun school officials denied the boy’s family’s appeal on Monday, not allowing the boy’s record to be expunged of the incident.
Robin Ficker, attorney for Park Elementary School student Josh Welch and his family, said he will now appeal to the county school board.
Josh Welch was suspended in March for two days after school officials accused him of shaping the pastry into the form of a gun and waving it around, which was obviously a serious threat to everyone eating lunch around him.
The boy’s father was furious about how the entire situation was handled and how the school displayed a classic overreaction in their discipline of the boy.
“When you compare the caliber of the ‘offense’ to the caliber of the punishment, they don’t match up,” he said at the time. “I just feel that’s a lack of common sense in conjunction with the use of the rules and, honestly, I believe there’s some personal bias involved in the decision, as well.”
The family said it plans to appeal to the Anne Arundel County School Board.
The family’s attorney said he has 30 days to appeal to the county school board and will more than likely do so this week.
“I’ve spoken to Mr. Welch, and we’re definitely going to appeal to the board of education,” said Ficker, referring to Josh’s father, J.B. Welch. “If this school can’t educate a 7-year-old without putting him out of school, how are they going to deal with 17-year-olds?”