A police investigation has been launched following claims that a schoolgirl gave home-made cookies containing her grandmother's ashes to her classmates.
They then reportedly handed them out to classmates to eat, and at least nine students did.
"[Davis Police Lt. Paul] Doroshov said police opened a case and have been trying to determine which penal code would apply to baking human remains into food".
He added that the Davis Joint Unified School District has taken the lead on the disposition of the matter and is working with the involved families.
"We regret that this issue has been taken up by the media", he said.
"In this case and all cases, we work with all parties involved, including our students' families", the statement continued.
"We haven't tested the actual cookies to physically know if there's remains in there". "I think the intent of that (section of the penal code) was more like a death, and then somebody goes and does something with the body or remains".
Lt. Paul Doroshov said the alleged incident was reported on October 4.to the school district's school resource officer, who launched an investigation. "And I was really, I was kind of horrified".
The male student's mother, who requested the identities of her family members not be revealed, said she was extremely disappointed with the way the school handled the incident.
The Da Vinci High School declined to comment on the story, but said those involved were "remorseful".
The sugar cookies were distributed to multiple students, he said.
"That's just gross", said one Boston-area 19-year-old to LifeZette of the seemingly Halloween-themed cookies.
What the boy's parents were most upset about, however, was the way they say the school handled the incident.
In a statement sent to parents, Principal Tyler Millsap said the school responded appropriately to what was a "particularly challenging" situation.
The student's father said the way administrators handled it suggests the school is "more concerned about protecting themselves than protecting their students", Fox 40 News reported.