Parents of minority students at a Long Island, NY middle school are outraged after a picture of two nooses were posted by teachers and labeled “back to school necklaces.”
The school district is reportedly investigating the racist photo that was included in a collage by teachers at Roosevelt Middle School.
The district released a stern statement addressing parents and community concerns.
“The Roosevelt School District is aware of the inappropriate conduct at the Roosevelt Middle School,” the district said in a statement on the district’s website. “The Board of Education was made aware of this incident on Thursday, February 7, 2019, an investigation was immediately initiated, and appropriate action taken. The Board of Education has zero tolerance for the display of racially offensive images.”
According to the NY Daily News, at least 45 percent of students at Roosevelt Middle School are Black and 55 percent are Hispanic or Latino as of the 2017-2018 school year, the office of the Hempstead Town Supervisor in a statement issued late Sunday.
The images also reportedly included the words “YES” and the words “Ha-Ha.”
“The imagery is also deeply insensitive and troubling to anyone with mental health issues and those contemplating suicide.”