Police were called to a New Jersey elementary school after a 9-year-old student said, “Brownies,” while talking about snacks, his mother alleged. Another student reportedly misinterpreted the comment and thought it was said in a racist way, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. A teacher subsequently called police.
“He said they were talking about brownies,” Stacy dos Santos, the child’s mother, said. “Who exactly did he offend?”
Dos Santos added that the incident has made her think twice about sending her child back to the school in the fall.
“I’m not comfortable with the administration; 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.”
Officers also spoke to the children’s parents, and the incident was reported to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency.
Collingswood Police Chief Kevin Carey stated during a meeting with school officials that they should report incidents to police, including cases “as minor as a simple name-calling incident that the school would typically handle internally.”