Word On The Street Opinion
A third grade student asks if there are any more brownies left. He got the police and the state involved instead. Should he have said “Is there any more chocolate flavored confectionery available?”, or is the word ‘chocolate’ also considered to be an affront? I say leave the perceived slurs behind, let our children be just that, children. Our society is quickly deteriorating with all this politically correct crap!
Police Called To School After Student Says The Word ‘Brownies’
July 20, 2016 – by Sean Kelly
Police were called to a New Jersey elementary school after a 9-year-old third-grader said the word brownies while talking about snacks, his mother alleged.
Another student at William P. Tatem Elementary School in Collingswood misinterpreted the comment and thought it was said in a racist way, as reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“He said they were talking about brownies. Who exactly did he offend?” Stacy dos Santos, the child’s mother, told the Philadelphia Inquirer. A teacher subsequently called police.
Dos Santos admitted that the incident made her think twice about sending her child to the school in the fall.
“I’m not comfortable with the administration [at Tatem]. 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.”
Police also said they were advised to refer almost every case to Child Protection and Permanency.
This policy was a shift from the previous one under the Memorandum of Agreement between the police and schools in New Jersey — in which incidents were reported only when deemed serious enough. Such action was typically taken in cases involving drugs, weapons or sexual assault.
Since the meeting, officers were called to the school as often as five times per day.
“Some of it is just typical little kid behavior,” Megan Irwin, a teacher, told the Philadelphia Enquirer. “Never before in my years of teaching have I felt uncomfortable handling a situation or felt like I didn’t know how to handle a situation.”
The mayor, police and Camden County Prosecutor’s Office ultimately arranged a meeting to discuss incidents.
“In our discussion today, you and your staff made it abundantly clear that our recent meeting was to reinforce the applicability of the Memorandum of Agreement, but not to expand its terms,” Collingswood Mayor Jim Maley wrote in a letter to the prosecutor’s office, the Collingswood Patch reported.
Sources: Philadelphia Inquirer, Collingswood Patch