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How come the 7-year-old with the gun-shaped Pop-Tart wasn’t invited to the White House?

September 18, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

What I want to know is: Why wasn’t Josh Welch invited to the White House?

Josh was the 7-year-old second-grader suspended from his school in a Baltimore suburb in 2013 for nibbling a Pop-Tart into what school officials said looked like a gun. And when his parents tried to get the two-day suspension expunged from the boy’s record, it was no-go.

Reaction from the White House? Crickets, and plenty of them.

Contrast Josh’s fate to that of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year-old who brought a homemade digital clock to his school in Irving, Texas, this week that school officials said looked like a bomb. His teacher called the police, who led Ahmed out of the school in handcuffs. He also suffered a two-day suspension from school.

Reaction from the White House? A tweet from President Obama himself, plus an invitation for Ahmed to celebrate Astronomy Night at the White House next month.

So–two cases of silly school officials enforcing an even sillier “zero tolerance” policy regarding any object that looks conceivably like a weapon. It was wrong to arrest Ahmed over a science project, and just as wrong to punish a second-grader over a pastry.

But there’s a difference: the difference between the names “Ahmed Mohamed” and “Josh Welch.” Also the difference between Maryland, a liberal, Democratic-leaning state and Texas, a conservative, Republican-leaning state. Ahmed’s arrest delivered an outrage two-fer to the bien-pensants of the political establishment and the media: a chance to scream “Islamophobia!” plus tut-tut the backward rubes of the Lone Star State.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. Diane permalink

    So perfectly stated! No need to say more.

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