Saturday, July 2, 2016

My Take: When Serving Brownies is Bad

I love it when Chris makes up a batch of brownies. I usually means we are headed somewhere to meet with friends and that there will be an assortment of desserts.

I especially love brownies served with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup covered by a mound of whipped cream.

And now I learn that a third grader in Collingwood, New Jersey, was subjected to police interrogation because of a simple statement made in reference to the delicious dessert being served at the end of the school-year party.

Collingwood, NY
According to The Inquirer in an article titled Why police were called to a South Jersey third-grade class party, a 9 year-old boy made a comment about brownies being served to the class, in reference to the end of the year party. Another child exclaimed that it was a racist remark and police were called.

Sadly it does not end there.

"The boy's father was contacted by Collingswood police later in the day. Police said the incident had been referred to the New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency. The student stayed home for his last day of third grade."

All about brownies? 

It is clearly a policy that was poorly implemented. The article indicates that police have been called to investigate incidents was many as 5 times per day in a school district with a total enrollment of 1,875 students. Given that there are only 14,000 residents in the borough, I cannot imagine there are too many police officers remaining in the community to handle more serious matters.

One mother opined "Are we going to have to send kids to school with a lawyers name and number?"

As a society we are losing our perspective and the ability to resolve disputes at the lowest level. There is too often a rush to call police and a lawyer. 

My Take: The police and the courts need to begin to help people develop common sense by enforcing regulations against frivolous police reports and lawsuits. 

Brownies do not have any other name!

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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