- Local authorities were called to William P. Tatem Elementary School after a nine-year-old was accused of making racist “brownie” comments.
- Officers apparently, questioned the child aggressively, asking him what he said.
- The child’s mother, Stacy dos Santos, said that her child claimed to have literally been talking about the brownies, and she now no longer trusts the schools administration.
- A new policy has been made between the school districts and the local authorities that make them handle even “minor” situations with the authorities.
Earlier this month police were called to a local elementary school in Collingswood, New Jersey. Yet, when they arrived, the “disturbance” was not what they expected.
Brownies were being passed around in one classroom for an end-of-the-year party. It seems harmless right? What could have possessed someone to call the local authorities to break up such a joyous occasion?
Well as the brownies were being passed out a student accused a fellow 9-year-old-student of making racist “brownie” comments. The staff at William P. Tatem Elementary School immediately called the local authorities.
That is exactly what Stacy dos Santos asked when she found out that her son’s comment, which he claimed to literally be about the brownies, was serious enough to require the police.
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“He said they were talking about brownies,” she told the Inquirer. “Who exactly did he offend?”
The police later called the boy’s father, who is Brazilian, and told him of the incident at the school. The police also informed the father that the incident had been handed over to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The boy was forced to spend his last day of third grade at home.
Dos Santos was furious at the situation and even told the local newspaper that she wants the school to apologize for blowing the situation out of proportion.
“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,” she said.
Apparently, a new change of policy between the school district and the police department is the reason for the police action at the school. The schools have been told that even “minor” incidents where they would normally handle the problem internally should be informed to the police.
“I’m not comfortable with the administration [at Tatem]. I don’t trust them and neither does my child,” Dos Santos said.