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Boy who made gun out of Pop-Tart loses appeal

Washington (AP) - A hearing examiner has affirmed the suspension of a Maryland boy who chewed his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.

The Washington Post reports that hearing examiner Andrew Nussbaum supported a principal's assertion that the suspension was based on a history of problems, not the pastry episode some refer to as "the Pop-Tart case."

Nussbaum's 30-page opinion is dated June 26.

The incident took place last year when the Anne Arundel County boy was 7-years-old.

The boys family asked to have his school records cleared of the incident.

The findings and recommendation will go to the county Board of Education for a decision.

The case happened during a time of increased sensitivity to guns after the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

The boy's punishment was one of several D.C.-area suspensions involving imaginary or toy guns.

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