July 1, 2016 4:00 pm -

Cops were called to an end-of-year party at a New Jersey elementary school.

A nine-year-old boy said something about the brownies being served to the class, another student called the remark “racist” and the school phoned police. The boy’s mother, Stacy dos Santos, said the remark was about snacks, not skin color. Police referred the incident to child protection officials. Dos Santos 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. … I don’t want this to happen to another child.”


The mother said the school overreacted.

The incident, which has sparked outrage among some parents, was one of several in the last month when Collingswood police have been called to look into school incidents that parents think hardly merit criminal investigation.

Superintendent Scott Oswald estimated that on some occasions over the last month, officers may have been called to as many as five incidents per day in the district of 1,875 students.



D.B. Hirsch
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