A California school is investigating after two students allegedly baked a batch of cookies — using their grandfather’s ashes — and served them to their peers. A school resource officer at Da Vinci Charter Academy High School in Davis, CA, was first alerted of the alleged incident on Oct. 4.
“Students are safe and there is no health risk at the Da Vinci Charter campus or to anyone involved,” the Davis Joint Unified School District said in a statement to ABC News on Oct. 16.
Yet that hasn’t stopped parents and students from being concerned. “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,” a student told local TV station KTXL.
The student’s mother also spoke with KTXL and said she was outraged about the incident: “It blew my mind. I was really repulsed and I was upset that I wasn’t even notified.”
Authorities told People that the bizarre story seems legitimate, but it’s hard to know for sure.
“We’re conducting an investigation into it to try to find out more facts. But really the school is taking the lead on the disposition of the case,” Lt. Paul Doroshov, spokesman for the Davis police, told the outlet. “We’ve taken a report that we’ve classified under California penal code as a public nuisance.”
“Based on the interviews that were conducted through our investigation, they seemed credible,” Doroshov continued. “Am I 100 percent sure? I really don’t know of a way to tell at this point.”
Nine students reportedly ate the cookies — some who believed they had ashes baked inside and others who had no idea until after eating, Doroshov said. At this time, no one has reported being sick.
“We’re getting conflicting reports,” he explained. “I’m trying to keep a straight face while talking to you. This incident is just out there. It’s a really weird story.”
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The two girls are not being named, as they are both juveniles, but Doroshov said that they are not related.
“You don’t necessarily have to run out and make an arrest. There are other options,” he said. “We”ll continue to work with the school and help them in any parts of the inquiry and come to what’s the best path.”
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