A middle school from Royal Oak, Michigan, has decided to expel one of its students after he admitted to hanging a noose in one of the school’s bathroom.
On Friday afternoon, on the school’s teachers was alerted by one of the students who discovered a strange object in the boys’ restroom located on the third floor. Upon entering the restroom, the teacher discovered a noose hanging from the ceiling of the cubicle.
Alarmed by the presence of the object hanging from the ceiling, the teacher immediately alerted Royal Oak’s Police Department and the school’s headmaster. The authorities started an official inquiry to determine who hung the ominous objected from the ceiling and to what end.
Investigations determined that the noose was hung by of the middle school’s students in an attempt to harass Hispanic students. After learning the identity of the perpetrator, the school immediately expelled the student, and extended its apologies for the disturbing event.
Even though the object has not been used in any way, its symbolic value cannot be dismissed so easily. In fact, the discovery of the noose casts yet another shadow upon the middle school from Michigan.
According to the school’s headmaster and the local authorities, in the last few weeks, a few students from the same middle school filmed themselves while chanting “Build the wall” and posted the offensive material on every social media channel.
Of course, those students were reprimanded for their actions, but it would seem that this new incident proves that, despite the drastic measures taken, the racist spirit lives in perpetuity.
After the noose event, Shawn Lewis-Lakin, the middle school’s superintendent posted a letter on the school’s official website in which he wrote that for him and the board, the students’ safety is a high priority and that they will do everything it takes in order to combat instances of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.
In a recent press statement, Jim Ellison, the Mayor of Royal Oak, declared that the student’s actions are condemnable and that the school handled things in the correct matter. Furthermore, Ellison also added that the event might not have been dealt with so harshly if it wasn’t for the video posted a short time before.
No other details about the incidents were released. Both police authorities and the school’s board were reluctant in revealing the name of the student that hung the noose in the boy’s bathroom.
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