For Immediate Release
March 12, 2013
Contact: Ryan Mitchell
Sen. Green issues statement on ‘little green army men’ cupcake controversy
LANSING, Mich.—Sen. Mike Green issued a statement on the Senate floor today regarding the toy soldier cupcake controversy originating in his home county.
His remarks were in support of a third-grade student in his district who brought cupcakes topped with World-War-II-style “little green army men” to his classroom on the occasion of his ninth birthday. The cupcakes sparked a nationwide controversy when the school district required that the toy soldiers be removed before being served due to their depiction of a firearm. The school principal called the inclusion of the little green army men on the cupcakes “inappropriate” and “insensitive” in the wake of recent school violence.
Green, R-Mayville, invited the student’s parents, Casey and Angela Fountain, to the state Capitol Tuesday to share their cupcakes with senators and staff. In his speech, he explained the controversy and called for reason and common sense in place of excessive political correctness.
“The actions of the elementary school in banning this nine-year-old’s birthday treat are truly outrageous. Genuine acts of honor towards our men and women in uniform, past and present, should not be censored.”
A video of Sen. Green’s remarks is available at his website, www.StateSenatorMikeGreen.com. Green represents the 31st District, which includes Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties.
Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville (left), with Casey and Angela Fountain, parents of the third-grader who brought in the cupcakes for his ninth birthday.\