School says student in noose case disciplined

WIGGINS, Miss. (AP) – A lawyer for a south Mississippi school district says a student has been disciplined following allegations that one or more white students put a noose around the neck of a black football player.

Sean Courtney, the attorney for the Stone County school district, wrote Tuesday in an email that administrators determined that the school’s conduct code was violated in the Oct. 13 incident. He added that a student was disciplined after due process in accordance with district policies.

Courtney says he can’t name the student or the specific punishment, citing privacy rules.

Though sheriff’s deputies are investigating, Courtney says there was no indication of a crime in what was reported to staff members.

Mississippi NAACP President Derrick Johnson called for a federal hate-crimes investigation Monday as the student’s parents stood beside him.

Courtney says Johnson’s allegations that the district didn’t follow its policies are “patently false.”

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