Earlier this month, several Caucasian football players at Stone High School of southern Mississippi allegedly threw a noose around the neck of their fellow football player and tightened it. The student who was reportedly assaulted with the noose was African American. These allegations have only recently come to light and have sparked outcry from the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP, who have called for a federal investigation into the incident.
The students accused of the act have not been expelled and law enforcement officials were not contacted following the incident, according to the NAACP. In addition to accusing the school of failing to protect the student from this ordeal the NAACP also stated that, “Allowing students to commit blatant hate crimes without severe consequences, sends a message to students that their safety and well being are not valuable enough to be protected.”
However, Stone County School District officials have pushed back against these accusations from the NAACP. Superintendent Inita Owen responded that they take, “all matters involving students very seriously and will do everything within its power to make sure that all policies and procedures were adhered to and that all of its students have a safe place to receive an education.”
Since the alleged incident has come to light, other African-Americans in Wiggins, Mississippi have come out publically to address other racial abuses at Stone High School. Kimberly Elzy, parent to a student at the high school, claimed that the school punishes African American students more harshly than their Caucasian counterparts. This is according to a report by CNN.
“I mean, I can look past black and white you know,” Elzy commented. “Just everybody deserves a fair opportunity.”
This is only the latest incident in Mississippi that involves a racially charged assault with a noose. The last was incident in 2014 when two students at University of Mississippi placed a noose around the neck of the statue of James Meredith, who first integrated the university in 1962.
– Ethan King