Last year, you may have heard the story of Josh Welch, a then-eight-year-old boy whose suspension for biting a pop tart into the shape of a gun made headlines.
Welch’s case, which took place in Maryland, is still making a stir in Texas, where it served as the inspiration behind a proposed bill to protect children’s god-given right to play with their food.
More specifically, the ‘pop tart gun‘ bill would prohibit schools across the state from disciplining students for using their hands, playthings, or delicious toaster pastries to mimic firearms. The bill, filed by Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rio Grande City, would also protect children up to certain age who play with toy guns or possess pictures of guns.
“Texas students shouldn’t lose instruction time for holding gun-shaped Pop-Tart snacks at school,” he said. “This bill will fix this.”
Other lawmakers have expressed their cynicism with Guillen’s bill.
“If I was voting today, I would vote against that bill,” said Sen. John Whitmire, who admits he has yet to read the bill. He says the bill places undue restrictions on disciplinary actions taken by school officials. The bill does allow disciplinary action for students who “disrupt learning” or causes harm or the fear of harm to educators or other students.