High school student distributes cookies baked with grandmother's ashes to classmates; angry parents slam school authorities
The police are unsure how to handle the case of the tainted cookies because of its admittedly weird nature and it's unclear if the culprits will face any action
Parents are enraged after they found that a student at a California high school treated several of her classmates with homemade sugar cookies that were allegedly baked with her grandmother's ashes. The incident took place at the Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, and police in the region have launched an investigation to uncover further details.
The gruesome cookies came to light after another student in the same school notified his parents about it, with Fox40 reporting that the story was not a wild rumor and that authorities believe his story to be credible. "This girl is going around telling everyone, basically at this point, that she had brought in these cookies to school with human ashes in them," the boy told the station.
The incident is said to have taken place two weeks ago, with Davis Police confirming that the sugar cookies had been consumed by nine students — some of who knew what was in them and others who didn't — at the high school.
The parents of the boy who came forward with the story said they were "repulsed and upset" that the school did not notify them about what happened. The mother said that school administrators had questioned her son after they feared he had eaten one of the cookies, and that they had made him submit and sign a statement about what had happened without their knowledge.
According to Fox40, the mother had met with the school principal and demanded a copy of the statement her son had been asked to sign. The boy said that he was asked to not tell anyone about the incident, with his father suggesting that the district "seems to be a little more concerned about protecting themselves than protecting their students."
The Davis Joint Unified School District has released a statement addressing the issue where they assured that "the physical and emotional safety" of their students was their "first priority". It also said that they took all allegations of wrongdoing seriously and that after conducting thorough investigations, they would apply disciplinary measures if wrongdoing has occurred.
A statement by school principal Tyler Millsap read, "The story circulating in the media is something on which I cannot comment, but let me be clear that there is no health risk at our campus or to any one of our students... I can say that those who were involved are remorseful and this is now a personal family matter and we want to respect the privacy of the families involved."
Speaking to CBS13, Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov said the controversy was a "weird one", adding that there were no reports from the high school of students falling sick as a result of eating the tainted sugar cookies. Because of the obscure nature of the crime, it's possible that the culprits will not face any action, and as of yet, no cookies or samples have been obtained by the police for testing.