Notice the environment: School. Punishment enforced by law.

Notice the environment: School.
Punishment enforced by law.

It seems he is an older kid: 9 years old in 3rd grade means he _probably_ stayed back. Was it an innocent remark about brownies the food or was it a racist remark?

Well, to be honest, it could easily be a racist remark.

Let’s say it was: You call the police on that? Get a mandatory investigation launched on the boy and his family?

The main problem I have with this is the public Scarlet Letter. The branding. Humiliation. Investigation.

Maybe in one sense it’s better: it exposes the ridiculousness of word-enforcement when taken to extremes rather than it being kept under wraps: It exposes this to the scrutiny of public opinion, such as I’m doing right now. I wouldn’t know about it if it was handled internally.

But…

…well… I don’t know. It brings up a lot of complicated issues.

 

http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20160629_Why_police_were_called_to_a_South_Jersey_third_grade_class_party.html

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