Liberal Logic 101
Remember last year when a second-grader was suspended for playing with his Pop Tart like a gun? Well, Florida just passed a bill preventing schools from suspending students over stupid crap like that:
Gov. Rick Scott today signed into law a bill that says students cannot get into trouble for "brandishing a partially consumed pastry" or other harmless items meant to simulate a gun. The "Pop-Tart" bill aims to stop students from getting in trouble for play that involves obviously pretend guns. Students shouldn't face discipline, for example, for drawing a picture of a gun or pretending a pencil or their finger was a firearm.I’m not sure whether it’s a good thing that kids can now play with their Pop Tarts in peace, or a sad thing that schools have to be reminded that playing with Pop Tarts is not grounds for suspension. Really? That ought to be common sense!
The bill is similar to legislation first proposed in Maryland, after a 7-year-old boy was suspended from his Baltimore school for chewing a Pop-Tart into the shape of a gun. That case was widely viewed as an example of zero-tolerance policies gone too far.
State lawmakers have, in recent years, worked to dial back Florida's zero-tolerance policies, fearful hard-line enforcement had led to students being suspended for relatively minor infractions. Advocates for reforming school discipline policies have been in favor of such moves.