From EAG News:
SKILLMAN, N.J. – A New Jersey sixth-grader was sentenced to five lunch-time detentions after school officials allege he harassed a vegetarian classmate by telling the student “he should eat meat because he’d be smarter and have bigger brains.”
The Board of Education of the Township of Montgomery concluded the comment and others amounted to “harassment, intimidation or bullying” and an administrative law judge backed the school district in a decision last week, The Washington Post reports.
The student, identified as “C.C.” in court records made the comments to a vegetarian classmate identified as “K.S.”
“The (Board) report found that C.C. told K.S. that ‘It’s not good to not eat meat,’ and ‘he should eat meat because he’d be smarter and have bigger brains,’” according to records cited by the Post. “C.C. himself wrote that he told K.S. that ‘vegetarians are idiots.’ The anti-bullying specialist found that C.C. stated that K.S.’s response to his comments was amusing to him.”
In the court’s decision on C.C. v. Board of Ed., the judge wrote that “the District concluded that C.C. made verbal communications that were reasonably perceived as being motivated by a distinguishing characteristic between the two boys, namely vegetarianism, which substantially interfered with the rights of K.S. and had the effect of insulting or demeaning him …,” the Post reports.
“ … In this case, C.C. admitted to making comments to K.S. regarding his decision to not eat meat,” the judge wrote, pointing to the boy’s specific comments. “… I CONCLUDE that…