A New Jersey elementary school called the police on a third-grader after a student claimed his remark about baked goods was “racist.”
During a class party at William P. Tatem Elementary School, the 9-year-old boy apparently commented on “brownies” being served to the class, according to Philly.com.
A third grader had made a comment about the brownies being served to the class. After another student exclaimed that the remark was “racist,” the school called the Collingswood Police Department, according to the mother of the boy who made the comment.
The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy’s mother, Stacy dos Santos, and local authorities.
Now, the mother of the boy is insisting that the school entirely overreacted to her son’s comment about the brownies, saying his remark was about snacks and not about skin color.
“He said they were talking about brownies,” the mother said. “Who exactly did he offend?”
Police apparently referred the incident to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency and called the boy’s father as well.
The mother said her son has been “traumatized” by the incident and actually stayed home from school on the last day, saying that she hopes to send him to a different school next school year.
“I’m not comfortable with the administration [at Tatem]. I don’t trust them and neither does my child,” she said. “He was intimidated, obviously. There was a police officer with a gun in the holster talking to my son, saying, ‘Tell me what you said.’ He didn’t have anybody on his side.”
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