TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – With the House already giving approval last month, a Senate committee Tuesday backed a proposal (SB 1060) aimed at preventing schoolchildren from being disciplined for simulating guns while playing or for wearing clothes that depict firearms.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Greg Evers, R-Baker, has become known as the “Pop-Tart” bill because of reports about a Maryland 7-year-old who was suspended from school for chewing his breakfast pastry into the shape of a gun.READ MORE: CBS4 Investigates: Smugglers Trying To Cash In On COVID Pandemic
Supporters of the bill, which is backed by the National Rifle Association, say it would lend “common sense” to school zero-tolerance disciplinary policies.READ MORE: ‘Lived Her Life Fiercely’: Hundreds Gather At Miami Dade College For Wake Remembering Congresswoman Carrie Meek
Evers said, however, the bill would leave room for students to be disciplined if they are disrupting classrooms. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 8-1 to approve the bill, with Sen. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, the only dissenter.
The House voted 98-17 last month to approve its version (HB 7029).MORE NEWS: Fourth Day Of Jury Deliberations In Dayonte Resiles Murder Trial Ends With No Verdict
The News Service of Florida contributed to this report.