SOUTH BRUNSWICK – Township police said they investigated an alleged bias incident at a school playground last week.
According to a police report summary, an adult male allegedly “yelled at a [juvenile male] to get out of here you Indian,” on Oct. 1 at the Cambridge Elementary School playground.
Though the school was closed for holiday observance, people were using the playground.
“We take all cases involving potential bias seriously,” said South Brunswick Police Chief Raymond Hayducka in a news release on Friday.
Police learned about the incident via a Facebook post from the juvenile’s family on Oct. 2.
Police said they were able to identify the individual alleged to have made the bias remark to the minor from a surveillance system.
The individual said that he was at the playground with his family, but did not make any bias statements. “The wife indicated that she is also an immigrant and would never allow someone to speak to a child that way,” according to the police report.
“In under 48 hours a team of officers and detectives pieced together video surveillance, interviewed a half-dozen people and identified that people in the park,” Hayducka said.