Youthful Exuberance

30 05 2013

Baltimore

Yahoo:

8-Year-Old Suspended Over Gun-Shaped Pop-Tart Gets Lifetime NRA Membership

The National Rifle Association has given an 8-year-old boy a free lifetime membership, the Baltimore Sun reports. His achievement was chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.

The NRA gave Joshua Welch the free membership — which usually costs $550 — at a fundraiser Wednesday night for Anne Arundel County Republicans. Welch returned to playing games on his cellphone after he got the award, the Sun reported.

Welch got on the news after his March 1 suspension from Park Elementary School for the Pop-Tart incident. He was 7 then and denied trying to make the Pop-Tart look like a weapon.

When pressed by a CBS Baltimore reporter, though, Welch said, “When I was done, it turned out to be a gun, yeah.”

Park Elementary told parents it would give counseling to any children who needed it after the Pop-Tart incident.

A lawyer has filed an appeal to get the two-day suspension off Welch’s record.

The lawyer should argue the boy’s case by saying that his fashioning the Pop-Tart into a pretend gun was all a matter of youthful exuberance.  He’s a lot older and wiser now, and he’s in the process of turning his life around.

It works in Chicago.

Seriously, all you have to do to know why he was suspended is to look at his picture which is part of the article.  The school needed a white boy to suspend in order to even out racial suspension stats.

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