Noose found hanging from boy's bathroom stall at Royal Oak Middle School

Posted at 4:42 PM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 23:13:50-05

Royal Oak police are investigating after a noose was found hanging in the boy's bathroom at Royal Oak Middle School on Friday.

In a letter sent to parents, Royal Oak Schools Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin said teachers reported to a commotion in the third floor bathroom around 2 p.m. That's when they found the noose.

"The school immediately began an investigation of this incident and also contacted Royal Oak Police Department," Lewis-Lakin said in the email.

Royal Oak police tell 7 Action News they are investigating but don't have a comment at this time.

Lewis-Lakin released this statement:

“At 2 p.m. today, teachers reported to administrators a commotion on the 3rd floor boys’ restroom of Royal Oak Middle School. The administrators who responded discovered what appeared to be a noose hanging from a bathroom stall. The school immediately began an investigation of this incident and also contacted Royal Oak Police Department, which is conducting its own investigation. All relevant school policies and procedures are being followed. At Royal Oak Schools, the safety of our students is our number one priority. We take this incident very seriously. We will not tolerate intimidation, threats, harassment or bullying. We will be working closely with the Royal Oak Police Department and will update our staff and families as information becomes available.”

The discovery comes just a week after students at the school were caught on video chanting "build the wall."

The American Civil Liberties union sent a letter to Lewis-Lakin that described other incidnets of racism that came to light at a meeting last weekend with students and parents.

The ACLU claims racial slurs have been directed at African American, Latino, and Asian students.

The letter also claimed an African American student was directed by a teacher to demonstrate for the class "how slaves danced for their masters."