New Florida Law Protects Students from School Discipline for Imaginary Guns
Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) signed a bill today that bans schools from disciplining students for imaginary fake guns, including a "partially consumed pastry."
The so-called "Pop-Tart" bill will also protect students from school discipline for drawing a picture of a gun and pretending a pencil or finger is a gun, notes the Orlando Sentinel.
The Florida bill was similar to the "Toaster Pastry Gun Freedom Act" that was proposed in Maryland after a 7-year-old boy was suspended from school after he chewed a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun.
Gov. Scott also signed into a law an education bill that includes a voucher program so that low-income children can attend private schools via tax credit scholarships, reports The Miami Herald.
Opponents of the bill claim it will take money away from public schools.
“[Gov. Scott] did not care enough to listen to the concerns of hundreds of thousands of people,” stated Mindy Gould, the Florida PTA’s legislative chair.