The "fine line" saying is one that certainly gets abused all too often, and in the case of this classroom prank involving sugar cookies, I'd say it's totally inappropriate.
I don't think that there's a "fine line" between love and hate. When you love someone then you're going to do anything you can to help them.
Sure, you might "hate" it when they commit destructive behaviors or go out of their way to ruin their lives when it's very clear that they should make better decisions, but you don't ever hate the person if you love them, because, you know, love and hate are total opposites. That's like saying there's a fine line between being dry and wet. Either you're wet or you're not.
I'd argue that the same exact logic can be applied to pranks, there's no "fine line" between a prank being harmless fun and going way too far to the point where it causes long-term psychological and emotional harm.
Anyone who takes two seconds to think about the consequences of their actions knows when they're going too far. They just choose to ignore that little voice in the back of their head that's screaming "don't do it, don't do it" and go on ahead with the insanity they planned.
In the case of this Davis High School student, I'd say she ignored the better part of her judgment HARD when she decided (allegedly) to go ahead with the thought of actually baking her dead grandfather's ashes into sugar cookies and then sharing them with the rest of her class.
The female student at Da Vinci Charter Academy waltzed into her school carrying the cookies and handed them out to at least nine other students who consumed the baked treats that were packing Pappy's remains.
But here's where things get extra weird, disgusting, and freaky: Some of the students who ate the cookies allegedly knew that they had ashes in them. That's right, they knowingly consumed ash cookies.
Davis Police Lt. Paul Doroshov, AKA the most relatable officer in the world, is working the case of the ashy-cookies and gave the best response to these events in the history of police interviews.
The mention of the sigh is what makes this whole news piece, and I'd like to nominate Hailey Branson-Potts, who wrote the LA Times article about this disgusting incident, for a Pulitzer for including it.
Because the case is just so profoundly bizarre, Doroshov and his team are having a difficult time coming up with an official charge for the crime, because they need to see which laws baking someone's remains into cookies violates.
As crazy as it is to imagine that there are students who would knowingly eat the ashes, we mustn't forget the young'uns who thought they were scarfing down some wonderfully ordinary sugar cookies. Or this one kid who thought he was getting a "special" one.
There were two female students involved in bringing the cookies into the school, but they aren't related and authorities are still trying to get to the bottom of why they would do such a thing in the first place.
They could potentially be facing one of two charges if found guilty. The first could be in reference to a California penal code section that pertains to improperly disposing of human remains, but officers investigating the incident believe that a public nuisance charge may be more fitting for the crime.
Oh, and in case you were wondering what eating ashy cookies are like, or if you're paranoid that someone's going to try and pull the same stunt on you, just read up on the unfortunate student's account of what it was like chowing down on one of them.
If there's any bright side to be found out of this revolting debacle, it's that the students are at least cooperating with authorities as they attempt to understand the best way to proceed to respond to such a nasty act.
I just feel bad for the school's principal, Tyler Millsap, who had to address the incident in a letter that was sent out to the parents of the entire student body. He expressed his sadness that the story was "taken up by the media," and I honestly feel for you Tyler, but what did you think was going to happen?
The principal wrote:
"...this issue going on right now has been particularly challenging and our staff has responded appropriately and in the most respectful and dignified way possible for all the students and families involved. 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."
The reactions on social media is a combination of horror and hilarity. Some are laying out clear instructions for what can and can't be done with their remains after they finally kick the bucket. One shouldn't have to exactly spell out these accommodations, but I guess you can never be too sure.
Just some free advice to Doroshov's crew: You might want to see if these girls have either Practical Magic or The Craft in their home movie collection. I bet this is some wannabe-witch stuff these girls are trying to pull. Either that, or their grandfather had a very twisted sense of humor/last wish request.
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