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Probe Underway in Miss. on Noose Allegations

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A Mississippi high school student has been disciplined following allegations that one or more white students put a noose around a black football player's neck, a lawyer for the Stone County school district said last week.

Administrators determined that Stone High School's conduct code was violated in the Oct. 13 incident.

Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson called last week for a federal hate-crimes investigation and prosecution of the assailants, all younger than 18, as adults. While sheriff's deputies are investigating, Sean Courtney, the district's lawyer, says the behavior reported to staff members gave no indication of a crime or criminal intent.

The football coach said a player was kicked off the team as soon as school officials determined who was involved.

Vol. 36, Issue 11, Page 4

Published in Print: November 2, 2016, as Probe Underway in Miss. on Noose Allegations
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