The Governor of Florida approved into law the so-called ‘Pop-Tart Bill’ over the weekend, ensuring that students can no longer be punished by schools over ridiculous infractions such as biting food into a gun shape, or simulating a weapon with their hands and fingers.

The legislation, named In reference to a Maryland 8-year-old who was suspended last year for chewing a Pastry into the shape of a gun, has been slowly working its way through the Florida governmental system for several months. After finally landing on the Governor’s desk Friday, Scott signed it.

The bill, aimed at countering harsh ‘zero tolerance’ policy in schools, ensures that children will no longer be at risk of suspension, expulsion, or having black marks on their records should they be found doing any of the following:

Brandishing a partially consumed pastry or other food item to simulate a firearm or weapon.

Possessing a toy firearm or weapon that is 2 inches or less in overall length.

Possessing a toy firearm or weapon made of plastic snap-together building blocks.

Using a finger or hand to simulate a firearm or weapon.

Vocalizing an imaginary firearm or weapon.

Drawing a picture, or possessing an image, of a firearm or weapon.

Using a pencil, pen, or other writing or drawing utensil to simulate a firearm or weapon.

Scores of cases across the country have seen children as young as 4 or 5 being suspended, or worse, sometimes for just talking about weapons. Several students have even been branded as “terroristic” for simulating firing a gun with their fingers, or bringing plastic toys to school.

Cases include the infamous Hello Kitty bubble gun incident, the miniature lego gun school bus massacre, the plastic toy soldier, holding a gun on a cup cake catastophe, and the perilous pencil pointing ‘pow powers’ of Virginia.

In many of the cases, children as young as four or five years old were interrogated, or even arrested with potentially permanent criminal record repercussions.

In at least two cases, young boys have been suspended even after “turning themselves in”, when they realised they had brought toy guns to school by mistake.

Similar legislation to the Florida bill is progressing in other states, including Maryland. Supporters of the legislation are hopeful that the Sunshine State has set a precedent others will swiftly follow.


Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’, He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.

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