Ask anyone about their time in high school, and I bet the majority would say it was one of the most challenging experiences they had as a teenager.
Not only do adolescents have to deal with puberty, school work, and friends, they may be faced with other factors that make this phase in their life even more difficult, such as dealing with a bully.
According to the non-profit organization Do Something, 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year, with 17% of students admitting to have been bullied between two to three times a month or more within a single school semester.
When we think of bullying, we typically picture name calling or throwing punches.
But two Davis, California high school students did the unspeakable when they allegedly handed out cookies to his classmates, made out of human ashes.
" I was really repulsed and I was upset that I wasn’t even notified"
Law enforcement suspect the pair of unnamed students at DaVinci Charter Academy High School passed around homemade sugar cookies made with her grandmother's cremated remains to her classmates.
It's reported that while the baked goods were distributed to nine students, but no adverse side-effects have been disclosed.
" ...This is a weird one. I have not heard of anybody getting sick or being harmed, as far as physically or physiologically, by this," Lt. Paul Doroshov told CBS Sacramento , adding he had never heard of a case like this.
Although police are still in the midst of an investigation, the cookies have yet to be tested and only have eyewitness testimony from the students to go off of.
"This girl is going around telling everyone, basically at this point, that she had brought in these cookies to school with human ashes in them," a male student who witnessed the incident told KTXL.
The boy's mother, who only agreed to speak to the news outlet if she remained anonymous, said that while she was shocked with what the girl did, she was even more furious with the school's reaction.
"It blew my mind. I was really repulsed and I was upset that I wasn’t even notified," the mother explained.
She added that the school questioned her son in fear that he ate one of the cookies and then told him "not to tell anyone."
Doroshov said that due to the unusual nature of the morbid misdeed, they're not sure if the students can be charged of a crime.
"Because of the fact that this is so unconventional, it would take more research," he told the news outlet.
"This case has been particularly challenging."
Although the Davis Joint Union School District said it couldn't comment on confidential student matters, it did release a statement, asserting it was taking the allegations in a serious manner.
"While we cannot comment on confidential student matters, I can tell you that the physical and social-emotional safety of our students is our first priority.
We take all allegations of wrongdoing seriously and we conduct thorough investigations and involve the police when appropriate. When wrongdoing is found to have occurred, disciplinary measures are applied and at the same time measures are taken to repair the harm within the community.
This case has been particularly challenging and we have responded appropriately and in the most respectful and dignified way possible."
Business Insider reports that in the United States it's not illegal to consume human remains, but most people who commit cannibalism are often charged with murder, desecration of corpses, or necrophilia.