An end-of-the-year party for third graders at William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood, New Jersey was busted by police officers after a 9-year-old boy started talking about brownies being served to the class.
After another student called the comment “racist,” the school FREAKED OUT and called the local authorities.
According to philly.com:
The police officer spoke to the student, who is 9, said the boy’s mother, Stacy dos Santos.
Dos Santos said that the school overreacted and that her son made a comment about snacks, not skin color. “He said they were talking about brownies … Who exactly did he offend?” dos Santos said.
The boy’s father was contacted by Collingswood police later in the day. Police said the incident had been referred to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The student stayed home for his last day of third grade.
Dos Santos said that her son was “traumatized,” and that she hopes to send him to a different Collingswood public school in the fall.
Dos Santos is also asking for an apology from the school, and she deserves one. “I’m not comfortable with the administration,” 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.”
Shockingly, incidents such as this one have been more regular in Collingswood lately. Following a May 25th meeting, school administrators and police were told by the local prosecutor’s office to report any incidents to the police ranging from simple name-calling to real criminal activity – even at elementary schools.
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