Pop Tart Gun Bill Introduced in Texas
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I’m sure by now you’ve seen at least one story about a child being suspended, expelled, or otherwise punished for playing around at school with some kind of fake gun.
The most famous case was when a Maryland second grader was suspended for chewing a Pop Tart pastry into the shape of a gun.
Well, it looks like Texas is aiming to get rid of ridiculous outcomes like this and they’re doing it in the legislature.
According to Chron.com:
Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, has filed a bill that would prohibit schools from punishing students who use their hands, playthings and, yes, even pastry items to mimic firearms. The proposed legislation also would protect students through the fifth grade who play with toy guns or draw or possess pictures of guns.
Guillen said he filed the bill after a second- grader in suburban Maryland was suspended for two days in March 2013 for chewing his Pop- Tart into the shape of a gun. A similar situation has not arisen in Texas.
“Texas students shouldn’t lose instruction time for holding gun-shaped Pop-Tart snacks at school,” said Guillen. “This bill will fix this.”
Texas is set to discuss guns heavily in the 2015 legislative session. Along with this bill, there are also constitutional carry and open carry bills to be considered.