Settlement in case involving breakfast pastry chewed into shape of gun

WASHINGTON — The Maryland court case involving a second-grader accused of chewing a breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun has finally been settled.

The 7-year-old, who was also accused of pointing the pastry-gun at his classmates in Anne Arundel County, served a  two-day suspension, but his family wanted the suspension removed from his school records.

The 2013 incident drew national attention.

“It should have been settled on the very first day that we met at the school,” the family’s attorney, Robin Ficker, told WTOP.

“After that we had to go to the superintendent, then the Anne Arundel School Board, then the hearing examiner, then back to Anne Arundel School Board, then to the state school board, then to the circuit court and finally to the (Maryland) Court of Special Appeals,” he added.

Ficker can’t talk about the details of the settlement, but was happy to share his opinions of the case.

“I felt that the child in this case could be the next Steve Jobs,” Ficker said. “He was very bright, he was a little mischievous,” Ficker said.

“I don’t think that any elementary school student should be suspended from school unless there is a serious personal injury or real weapon involved,” he said. “The schools need to deal with these matters in-house rather than sending them home so parents have to take off work to take care of the child.”

Michelle Basch

Michelle Basch is a reporter turned morning anchor at WTOP News.

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