A ten-year-old homeschooled boy was expelled from classes on Tuesday after biting his breakfast pastry into the shape of a surface-to-air missile launcher, and authorities don’t know what to do with him.
Hezekiah Ezekiel Jeremiah Smith was expelled by his mother after biting his Pop Tarts into the shape of the popular FIM-92 Stinger Man-Portable Air-Defense System (MANPADS).
When his mother saw what he had done, Hezekiah said she got pretty mad. “She told me, ‘just wait until your father gets home!’ I knew then I was in big trouble.”
“I went through 17 boxes of Raspberry Pop-tarts to put together that missile launcher,” Hezekiah explained. “It took three boxes just to get the safety switch to work. The smaller the part, the harder it is to bite it into the proper shape.”
“It kinda made me sick to my stomach,” he added. “Near the end I was feeding my mistakes to the dog. I don’t think either one of us will be eating breakfast pastries for a long time.”
The NRA immediately responded to the suspension by offering Hezekiah a lifetime membership and a case of Tums.
The homeschool’s public relations spokesperson, fourteen year old college freshman Abigail Bathsheba Jedidah Smith, confirmed that her younger brother was expelled from home studies. “He has the option of reapplying for admission at the start of the next school year,” said Ms. Smith.
“That child!” his mother exclaimed, shaking her head. “I have half a mind to send him to military school, but I don’t want to encourage him.”
The problem, according to local school authorities, is that no one knows what to do with Hezekiah. Dr. Julius No, superintendent of schools in Flintlock, refuses to accept Hezekiah into the local elementary school. “I will not allow him to enroll in our school,” explained Dr. No. “That young man is a threat to the safety of every child in our district.”
“Just imagine what would have happened if that missile accidentally launched in our school cafeteria,” Dr. No continued. “It could have hit another student. Children might have gotten red sprinkles in their eyes.
Students could have gotten raspberry filling stains on their shirts. I cannot jeopardize the safety of our children by allowing Hezekiah Smith to attend one of our schools.”
The boy's father, Bob, thought the incident was ridiculous. “This is insanity. With all the potential issues faced by homeschools today, threats from bullies, whatever the real issue is, it's a pastry, ya know?' he said.
For the time being, Hezekiah is spending his days on the family’s patio, reading books, and creating a life-sized replica of the Easter Island statues out of Spam.
“It’s okay,” Hezekiah explained. “I’m ten years old and a high school sophomore. I can afford to take some time off.”