A Maryland lawmaker has proposed The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013 also called the “Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act” to curb punishment of school children for having things, or talking about things, or eating things that resemble guns.
A seven year-old Maryland boy was suspended this month after chewing a pastry into the shape of the gun.
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A Maryland state senator has crafted a bill to curb the zeal of public school officials who are tempted to suspend students as young as kindergarten for having things — or talking about things, or eating things — that represent guns, but aren’t actually anything like real guns.
Sen. J. B. Jennings, a Republican who represents Baltimore Harford Counties, introduced “The Reasonable School Discipline Act of 2013″ on Thursday, reports The Star Democrat.
“We really need to re-evaluate how kids are punished,” Jennings told The Star Democrat. “These kids can’t comprehend what they are doing or the ramifications of their actions.”…
…The bill also includes a section mandating counseling for school officials who fail to distinguish between guns and things that resemble guns.