4 White Athletes Put Noose On Black Student At Mississippi School
A Mississippi high school’s football program is facing backlash after a Black JV player claimed four white students put a noose around his neck during a football practice earlier this month reports ABC News.
The Mississippi NAACP demanded a federal hate crime investigation for the racially motivated case.
“No child should be walking down the hall or in a locker room and be accosted with a noose around their neck,” state NAACP President Derrick Johnson said during a news conference in Wiggins. “This is 2016, not 1916. This is America. This is a place where children should go to school and feel safe in their environment.”
Hollis and Stacey Payton, parents of the alleged victim, attended the news conference but didn’t speak. Their son, an unnamed sophomore, wasn’t present.
The NAACP said the incident happened during a break in football practice and that the noose was “yanked backward” while on the student’s neck.
Johnson wouldn’t say whether the noose left marks. State NAACP spokeswoman Ayana Kinnel said the family indicated the student returned to practice after the incident.
What would you do if your child came home from school saying some white kids but a noose around their neck?!