Pop-Tart school-gun bill would ban 'overreactions' to simulated weapons in Florida schools

February 7, 2014 8:20:43 AM PST
If a kid bites a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun, can he be suspended from school? How about if they use their fingers to simulate a gun, or show up with a gun-shaped toy they built out of Legos?

In Florida, lawmakers are now working to prevent students from seeing serious repercussions as a result of "overreactions" under zero-tolerance policies designed to keep weapons out of public schools.

The Pop-Tart thing actually happened in Maryland, inspiring similar legislation there and in Oklahoma.

The bill proposed in Florida would bar school districts from suspending students for "brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item" bitten into the shape of a weapon or "possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of plastic snap-together building blocks," the Tallahassee Democrat reports.

The bill was cleared by a state House panel on Wednesday.

If it passes, administrators would still have the ability to make judgment calls.

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