A California school is garnering national headlines after a student allegedly baked cookies for her classmates earlier this month, complete with an extra ingredient—her grandfather’s cremated remains.
The high schooler is accused of bringing sugar cookies laced with the ashes to Da Vinci Charter Academy on October 4, where it is believed “at least nine other students” received the nightmare-inducing concoction, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Andy Knox, a student at the school, told KCRA that he received one of the alleged tainted cookies, and was “horrified” by the claims of what was baked into them.
“Two weeks ago, I was just about to go into my sixth-period class, environmental science, and a girl who was also in the class stopped me and asked me if I wanted a cookie. And I knew her, so I figured, ‘It’s a cookie, why not?’” Knox said.
“She told me there’s a special ingredient in the cookie … I thought that she put drugs in it or something. So I asked her if like, ‘Is this a weed cookie or something?’ And she said ‘No.’ She said it was her grandpa’s ashes. And then she kind of laughed. And I was really, I was kind of horrified.”
Knox said the girl who gave him the “cremation cookies” spoke in the past about giving up the ashes. He said she offered the burned remains of her grandpa in exchange for changing seats with another student during class.
“I didn’t believe her until she pulled out the urn,” he said.
Other students are thought to have known what the cookies contained.
“Some students knew beforehand and still consumed the cookies,” Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov told the Los Angeles Times.
When the newspaper asked the lieutenant if he believed the allegations to be true, it is reported that he “gave a long sigh,” and responded, “Yeah.”
Da Vinci Charter Academy Principal Tyler Millsap stated in a letter published to the school’s website that the institution’s “first priority is to the safety and well-being of our students,” and further insisted “there is no health risk at to our campus or to any one of our students.”
It’s unknown if disciplinary actions will or have been implemented for those involved in the alleged ostensibly gruesome act.
“We always take all allegations of wrongdoing seriously and we conduct thorough investigations and involve the police or other entities when appropriate. When we find wrongdoing has occurred, we apply disciplinary measures as well as restorative measures to repair the harm within our school community.”
“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.”
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