Cops called on third-grader accused of racism for talking about brownies

Cops were called on a third-grade student who talked about brownies.
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The stupidity taking place in our public schools took a bizarre twist earlier this month when police were called to deal with an incident of alleged racism.  The offense?  A third-grade boy was talking about brownies.

Seriously.  Brownies.  Let that sink in for a minute before continuing.

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.

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.

According to police, the incident was referred to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The student stayed home for his last day of third grade, the report added.

Emma Platoff wrote:

Dos Santos said that her son was “traumatized,” and that she hopes to send him to a different Collingswood public school in the fall.

And she wants an apology. She said she graduated from Collingswood High School and has two other children, a 21-year-old who also went through Collingswood schools, and a 3-year-old. Her husband, the third grader’s father, is Brazilian, dos Santos said.

Personally, I would want a lot more than an apology.  But that’s just me.

“I’m not comfortable with the [school’s] administration. I don’t trust them and neither does my child,” she told Philly.com. “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.”

Sctoss Oswald, the local school board’s superintendent, said officers may have been called to as many as five incidents per day in the district of 1,875 students.  And, the report adds, teachers say many of the incidents could have been handled at the school without police involvement.

Wonder if any of them mentioned peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

Parents are understandably upset and have contacted their elected officials and even launched a petition to “stop mandated criminal investigation of elementary school students.”

“I don’t want this to happen to another child,” dos Santos said.


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Joe Newby

A 10-year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, Joe ran for a city council position in Riverside, Calif., in 1991 and managed successful campaigns for the Idaho state legislature. Co-author of "Banned: How Facebook enables militant Islamic jihad," Joe wrote for Examiner.com from 2010 until it closed in 2016 and his work has been published at Newsbusters, Spokane Faith and Values and other sites. He now runs the Conservative Firing Line.

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