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'Pop Tart' bill clears state house panel

The law would bar school districts from suspending students who make weapons out of harmless objects, like food or toys

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – A state house panel cleared a bill Wednesday, known as the "Pop Tart Law," that would bar school districts from suspending students who make weapons out of harmless objects, like food or toys.

The "Pop Tart" bill refers to a Maryland student who chewed a pastry into the shape of a gun and was suspended for it.

The bill will now go to the Full House Education Committee for debate.

Florida is among other states that have adopted zero-tolerance laws in the wake of numerous school shootings. However, some legislators say those laws have gone too far.