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School accused of trying to ‘demonize’ student in ‘pastry gun’ suspension

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School accused of trying to ‘demonize’ student in ‘pastry gun’ suspension

The attorney for a Maryland boy who was suspended after shaping a pastry into a gun says school administrators are trying to “demonize” him in their bid to fight an appeal to have the punishment erased from his school record.
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Joshua Welch, 9, was suspended from Park Elementary School in Baltimore for two days in March 2013 after his second-grade teacher accused him of chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

The case received national media attention and led to legislative efforts in Maryland and other states to prohibit suspending students for having imaginary and toy guns.

School official have denied the family’s attempts to have the suspension removed from Joshua’s school record, prompting an appeal heard Tuesday by a school system-appointed hearing examiner, The Baltimore Sun reported.

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