The report about Brooklyn Park, Maryland seven-year-old Josh Welch being suspended from Park Elementary School for eating his pastry into the shape of a gun (pictured) made headlines and generated plenty of eyerolls.
Now, just when everyone thought the story couldn't get any stranger, the school is offering counseling for any children who were traumatized by the pastry gun.
According to Reason.com, Park Elementary School Assistant Principal Myrna Phillips sent out a letter to parents claiming that Welch made "inappropriate gestures" with food and added "if your children express that they are troubled by today's incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings. Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so next week."
Phillips' letter read:
Dear Parents and Guardians:
I am writing to let you know about an incident that occurred this morning in one of our classrooms and encourage you to discuss this matter with your child in a manner you deem most appropriate.
During breakfast this morning, one of our students used food to make inappropriate gestures that disrupted the class. While no physical threats were made and no one [was] harmed, the student had to be removed from the classroom.
As you are aware, the ... Code of Student Conduct and appropriate consequences related to violations of the code are clearly spelled out in the Student Handbook, which was sent home during the first week of school and can be found on our website, www.aacps.org....
If your children express that they are troubled by today's incident, please talk with them and help them share their feelings. Our school counselor is available to meet with any students who have the need to do so next week. In general, please remind them of the importance of making good choices.