After a New Jersey sixth-grader criticized a classmate’s vegetarianism last year — noting, among other comments, that “vegetarians are idiots” — the school district is allowed to punish the student for bullying, the Asbury Park Press reported.
The state Commissioner of Education’s office ruled that the Montgomery School District can level detention against the offending student, the Press said.
The case got to the state level after the offending student’s parent contested the school district’s finding that the student’s critiques of vegetarianism fit the definition of bullying — and a state administrative law judge backed the district’s finding, the paper said.
TheBlaze reported on the controversy in March regarding the pair of sixth-graders who were having lunch when a student identified as C.C. in court papers made remarks to K.S., a vegetarian, that “it’s not good to not eat meat,” that “he should eat meat because he’d be smarter and have bigger brains” and that “vegetarians are idiots.”