University of Mississippi

Noose allegedly placed around black student's neck in Mississippi

Noose allegedly placed around black student's neck in Mississippi

A group of white high school students in Mississippi placed a noose around a black student's neck and "yanked backward," according to an NAACP leader, who described the incident Monday and demanded that federal authorities treat it as a hate crime.

The black student, a sophomore football player at Stone High School in Wiggins, Miss., was in a locker room on Oct. 13 when as many as four white students tossed a rope around his neck and pulled it tight, Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a news conference Monday.

"No child should be walking down the hall or in a locker room and be accosted with a noose around their neck," Johnson said....

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