“Pop Tart bill” would protect kids playing with pretend guns

(OrlandoSentinel) The so-called “Pop Tart” bill, HB 7029, states that students should not be penalized for simulating a firearm with their fingers, on a piece of paper, or — in the case of one Maryland boy who was sent home after biting a Pop Tart into the shape of a gun — a pastry.

Florida lawmakers  took up the measure which has drawn national media attention.

Rep. Dennis Baxley, R-Ocala, said the bill lays down a layer of common sense protection” to current weapons policies at schools.

And yes, the bill specifically singles out pastries or other food.

Rep. Mark Pafford, D-West Palm Beach, briefly asked Wednesday what happens when “the kid pulls the Pop Tart.”

Baxley said the case was “illustrative” of why the law was necessary to distinguish between “child’s play” and acts of aggression.