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Royal Oak Middle School student removed after admitting to hanging noose in bathroom

Posted at 5:39 PM, Nov 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-21 11:49:38-05

A Royal Oak Middle School student has been removed from the school after admitting to hanging a noose from the boys' bathroom on Friday.

Administrators discovered the noose hanging from the third floor bathroom after a commotion on Friday.

Royal Oak Schools superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin released this statement:

“At Royal Oak Schools, the safety of our students is our number one priority. An investigation by school personnel and the Royal Oak Police Department has identified a Royal Oak Middle School student who admitted to placing a noose inside the middle school bathroom on Friday. Effective immediately, the student responsible for the noose has been removed from the middle school until further notice. All relevant school policies and procedures are being followed and enforced. The Royal Oak Police investigation into this matter is continuing.

“At Royal Oak Schools, we will not tolerate intimidation, threats, harassment or bullying. Tomorrow, the middle school principal and I will conduct meetings with each grade at the middle school to reiterate and reinforce our school’s strict policies on intimidation, threats, harassment and bullying. We will remind our students that inappropriate words or actions will be taken seriously and carry serious consequences. We will also have additional counselors and social workers to support students affected by this incident. We will be deploying an additional school safety officer to our middle school as well.

“I am encouraging our dedicated staff, our students and our families to join me in wearing spirit wear and our school colors on Tuesday to demonstrate our continued commitment to working together as one community to ensure a positive, inclusive learning environment for all students.”

The incident happened nearly two weeks after students were caught chanting "build the wall" in a video that sparked outrage across metro Detroit.