In early March, a 7-year-old boy in Anne Arundel County, Md., chewed a strawberry pastry at school into some semblance of a gun and pointed it at classmates. He is then alleged to have said, "Bang, bang."
The principal of Park Elementary School went all zero-tolerance and suspended the boy for two days for "classroom disruption."
Robin Ficker, an attorney for the child's family, met with school officials to ask that the second-grader's suspension be reversed or his record cleared.
Ficker told The Washington Post that school officials were willing to change the reason for the suspension to "general disruption" and remove references to the pastry, but said they would not clear the incident from the child's permanent record.
The family plans to appeal to the school superintendent.
A school system spokesman balked at "trying this case in the media" and called news of the school's double-down on zero tolerance "a publicity stunt" by the lawyer.
Developing critical thinking skills in kids is going to be tougher than we thought. First, it turns out, you have to get through to adults.