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"Pop-tart" bill clears Florida house
Some Florida legislators are trying to lesson the punishment for students who pretend to have guns at school.
It's being called the 'Pop-tart' bill.
It's named after a 7-year old Maryland student who was suspended for biting a pop-tart into the shape of a gun.
The bill is meant to stop the punishment for students who simulate guns in the form of toys, drawings, their hands, and even food.
Superintendent Malcom Thomas says cases involving firearm simulations are handled on a case by case basis at the Escambia School district.
However, if a student is caught with a real gun, by law, they must be considered for expulsion.
"If you eat a pop-tart, and make it the shape of a gun, that's not going to be treated the same as a student who has a 38 special in their book bag."
The bill cleared a Florida house panel Wednesday.
It will now go to the Full House Education Committee for debate.