Police investigate alleged bias incident at Cambridge Elementary School

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SOUTH BRUNSWICK – South Brunswick police have investigated a report of a biased incident in which a man reportedly made racial comments toward a youth.

Around 3:30 p.m. on Oct. 1 at the Cambridge Elementary School playground, a juvenile male reported he was yelled at by an adult male because he is Indian, according to information provided by the South Brunswick Police Department.

A written post was placed on Facebook about the incident, and police were alerted by the juvenile and his family the next day.

Detectives learned the Cambridge Elementary School was closed that day for Rosh Hashanah, but the school’s surveillance system captured the events. Based on the surveillance, detectives were able to identify and locate the family that was playing at the park during the incident. The husband explained to detectives that he was there with his wife and three children. He denied making any statements to the juvenile. The wife indicated that she is also an immigrant and would never allow someone to speak to a child that way, according to the statement by police.

“We take all cases involving potential bias seriously. In under 48 hours a team of officers and detectives pieced together video surveillance, interviewed a half dozen people, and identified the people in the park. I want to thank the South Brunswick School District for their assistance in the matter,” Police Chief Raymond Hayducka said in the statement.