Aussie Mystery: Who Threw a Sandwich at the PM?

Teen suspended, but he says he's just a patsy

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 9, 2013 12:25 PM CDT

(Newser) – A story getting big play across Australian media today: On a visit to a high school yesterday, Prime Minister Julia Gillard had a Vegemite sandwich thrown at her by one of the students. The alleged thrower was suspended from school for three weeks, the Brisbane Times reports, but he claims he was actually trying to protect Gillard. "I’m innocent and I didn’t throw it," Kyle Thomson tells B105. "I hit the sandwich out of the kid’s hand because he threw it and there was another one so I hit it out of his hand."

Amusingly, his mother chimes in, "Kyle is no angel, don’t get me wrong, but I think there is a lot more to the circumstances." She adds of Gillard, "I mean, I’m sure she’s had more than a sandwich thrown at her throughout her life." Sadly, Gillard said she would not appeal to the school principal to have Thomson's suspension overturned. Social media, not surprisingly, loves "Sandwichgate," the Atlantic Wire reports, and there have been a few "There was a second sandwich!" jokes. Click for more viral moments in Julia Gillard.

In this March 21, 2013 file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard makes a statement to the media after a leadership ballot in Canberra, Australia.
In this March 21, 2013 file photo, Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard makes a statement to the media after a leadership ballot in Canberra, Australia.   (AP Photo/Rob Griffith, File)
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