NJ OK’s Detention For 6th Grader Who Mocked Vegetarians

MONTGOMERY, N.J. (AP) -

A school acted reasonably by giving detention to a sixth-grader who told a student who doesn’t eat meat that “vegetarians are idiots” and that “he should eat meat because he’d be smarter and have bigger brains,” New Jersey education officials decided.

The comments were made by the 11-year-old in October 2014 in the school’s cafeteria. Lesley Haas, the school’s anti-bullying specialist, found that the comments were harassment, intimidation and bullying because they targeted a “distinguishing characteristic” under state law.

The student received five lunch-time detentions. The parent said he doesn’t plan to appeal. Legal fees cost the Montgomery school district just short of $8,000.