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7-year-old suspended after teacher says he turned his breakfast into a pastry gun

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A 7-year-old student says he got suspended from school over breakfast. According to him and his dad, a teacher said he turned his toaster pastry into a gun.

Academics are hard for Josh Welch who suffers from ADHD, but he excels in art class.

It's that creativity that may have gotten Josh into trouble at Park Elementary School,
when he was munching on a breakfast pastry.

"It was already a rectangle. I just kept on biting it and biting it and tore off the top and it kinda looked like a gun, but it wasn't," Josh said.

Josh admits he was trying to shape it, " All I was trying to do was turn it into a mountain, but it didn't look like a mountain really and it turned out to be a gun kinda."

And when his teacher saw his strawberry tart.

"She was pretty mad, and I think I was in big trouble," Josh said.

Then Josh's dad was called.

"And she said that they had to suspend Josh for two days because he used his breakfast pastry and fashioned it as a gun," Josh's dad, B.J. Welch said.

School officials would not comment on the case, citing privacy reasons. But Josh's dad says he was told his son also said the words, 'bang , bang' while holding that breakfast pastry and that constituted a threat.

"I didn't say bang, bang, I just pointed up at the ceiling," Josh said.

"I asked if was any one hurt, they said no," B.J. said.

Late Friday, a letter went home with students which explains the incident where "a student used food to make inappropriate gestures."

"I would almost call it insanity. I mean with all the potential issues that could be dealt with at school, real threats, bullies, whatever the issue is. It's a pastry," B.J. said.

Now, Josh just wishes he could go back to class, and he wants his pastry back.

"I didn't get to eat all my breakfast, so, really I am still hungries," Josh said.

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