Student finds noose on campus, school facing accusations of racism

Published: May. 29, 2018 at 9:42 PM CDT
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Earlier this month, an African American student found a doll hanging from a noose near a drama classroom at Mosley High School.

"When she sent me the text about what was going on in her class, immediately I was... needless to say, I was very upset," the student's mom, Dercia Goffigan said.

School officials say the noose was a prop for the play "The Crucible" but was never used.

Some, including the local branch of the NAACP, believe this was an act of racism. They're saying it's time to stand up and talk about racial intolerance.

"We must not, cannot, and will not tolerate such behavior, such demeaning and despicable behavior in Bay County," Bay County NAACP President Dr. Rufus Wood said.

The group held a press conference Tuesday to speak out about racism.

Other groups like the Student Advocacy Center and the Council on American-Islamic Relations joined the conversation.

"I'm so happy to know that the community is coming together under these circumstances because if we don't come together and bring light to this situation then there's no chance for change and that's what we need. The kids should not go to school in this hostile environment," Goffigan said.

Bay District Schools officials released a statement saying in part, "All incidents of inappropriate behavior, harassment and bullying are taken seriously, no matter the race, gender, or any other affiliation."

The statement also says new measures are being taken to prevent similar situations from happening.

District officials say they know who was responsible for the incident but they're not releasing his or her identity. They say they're still investigating.