Students at Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, Calif., have alleged that cookies distributed to classmates on campus contained cremated remains of one of their peers’ relatives.
According to the Davis Police Department, students at the high school filed reports with the school resource officer, claiming that two female students had brought in homemade sugar cookies that were later revealed to have contained the ashes of one of their grandfathers.
Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov tells Yahoo Lifestyle that up to nine students may have consumed the cookies; none were ill as a result. And although they can’t necessarily confirm the presence of human remains in the baked goods, the statements made by students appear to be credible.
“We’re getting this based on the statements,” Doroshov explains. “The school resource officer believes that the statements are credible. Other factors need investigation. We’re gonna let the school lead on the disposition of this case.”
However, in a statement to Yahoo Lifestyle, the school district admits that this particular incident is a “challenge” to deal with.
“While we cannot comment on confidential student matters, the physical and social-emotional safety of our students is always our first priority. Students are safe, and there is no health risk at the Da Vinci Charter campus or to anyone involved,” a spokesperson from the Davis Joint Unified School District said. “This recent case has been particularly challenging, and we have responded appropriately and in the most respectful and dignified way possible.”
The high school’s principal, Tyler Millsap, released a statement on the school’s website on Tuesday addressing the incident.
“The story circulating in the media is something on which I cannot comment, but let me be clear that there is no health risk … to 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.”
Doroshov maintains that the criminality of the case is difficult to determine as well since it’s so unconventional.
“We took it as a public nuisance report, which probably fits in that criteria the most,” he says. “As far as their criminal violations, we don’t know what they did.”
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