ROYAL OAK, Michigan — A school district has removed a student from middle school after he admitted hanging a noose in a restroom in the building, reports say.
The noose was found in the third-floor boys restroom at Royal Oak Middle School on Friday, the Detroit Free Press reports. The incident occurred at the same school in which a video of students chanting “Build the wall” went viral, the Free Press reports.
School authorities contacted police after the noose was discovered. The student responsible was identified and admitted to hanging the noose, although a police investigation is continuing.
According to the Detroit News, Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said in a letter posted on the school district’s website: “At Royal Oak Schools, the safety of our students is our No. 1 priority. At Royal Oak Schools, we will not tolerate intimidation, threats, harassment or bullying.”
Royal Oak Mayor Jim Ellison tells fox2detroit.com that he believes the school district took the correct action.
“It’s unfortunate that it started with the video that went viral,” Ellison said. “In my own personal opinion, I think it’s middle school kids. Middle school kids do stupid stuff sometimes.”
The school’s principal will hold meetings with each grade on Monday to go over the district’s policies on harassment and bullying, mlive.com reports.
Reports say there has been a spike in incidents of intimidation and bullying at schools nationwide after the presidential election on Nov. 8. Rocky River Schools recently sent a letter to parents reminding them of school policies regarding bullying and intimidation.
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