The 7-year-old-boy who made headlines after getting suspended for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun has been denied the opportunity to wipe the incident from his record.
According to the second grader’s family, school officials in Maryland decided on Monday to deny an appeal to expunge the suspension from the boy’s record. The boy was suspended in March after chewing his strawberry pastry into a gun shape and then playing with it and saying “bang, bang” to other kids.
Anne Arundel Deputy Superintendent Arlen Liverman sent the family an email Monday explaining they decided against appealing the suspension citing concerns that this incident was not isolated and the boy’s previous behavior warranted the punishment.
“In my eyes, it’s irrelevant; I don’t care who he pointed it at,” said the boy’s father, B.J Welch, in March to the Washington Post. “It was harmless. It was a danish.”
The boy’s family alleges he was just playing, and that the suspension was a punishment blown out of proportion of the offense.
Now, angered with the school district’s decision, Welch plans to keep moving forward on this case until his son’s record is cleaned.
“We are prepared to keep going up the ranks,” he said, and explained he plans to take the case to the school board president next.