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Noose found in restroom at Platte County High School

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Posted at 3:05 PM, Dec 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-06 16:05:04-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Platte County High School has launched an investigation after a noose was found in a restroom at the school on Thursday, according to district officials.

A staff member found the noose, which was made from a shoestring, in a boys restroom around 11 a.m., the district said in a message to parents.

Administration officials reviewed surveillance video from outside the restroom and have “spoken with students to further gather information,” the message said.

Officials also said the incident follows a recent Google document containing “racist and hateful speech” that was shared throughout the district.

“The imagery of a noose has a significant impact,” the message to parents said. “This incident…causes us to again emphasize that our district does not tolerate acts of racism, hate speech, or inappropriate, disruptive behavior.”

Students found responsible will be subject to Board of Education policies. The district did not specify what those policies were.

In a statement, Superintendent Mike Reik said the district will “not tolerate any violation of our board policy, including those relating to harassment or discrimination based on race.”

Administration has reported the incident to the Platte City Police Department.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact the school at 816-858-2822.