MOCKSVILLE, NC -- Two copycat nooses were discovered Tuesday at a Davie County High School, according to the Davie County Schools district.
The other nooses were found after a student discovered a noose Monday in the bathroom at the high school.
Three hundred students checked out of the school for early dismissal on Tuesday. The school district said it's working to find out those responsible for the copycat nooses. They are asking students with information to contact school administrators or the counselor.
The district issued the following statement Tuesday evening:
"Yesterday a picture of a noose in a restroom was circulated on social media. School administration was made aware of the picture and immediately began working with law enforcement to investigate. The display of a hate symbol was completely unacceptable and such behavior will not be tolerated. Appropriate disciplinary action was taken as a result of this incident.
Today, two copycats emerged and we continue to work with law enforcement to identify those individuals responsible. If any of your children have information related to these incidents, please have them contact a member of the school administration or counselor, so that appropriate measures can be taken.
There was a rumor of a threat at the school today. The Sherriff’s Office was contacted immediately and after investigation concluded there was no real threat to the safety of students. Davie County Schools sent out a school messenger text and email notifying parents that there was no real or credible threat. Today, school administration met with the student body to reiterate our expectations of keeping Davie County High School a safe and welcoming school."
Tuesday afternoon, the Davie County Sheriff's Office sent a statement in a release emphasizing there were no substantiated threats of violence at the school in light rumors and social media innuendo.
"The Davie County Sheriff’s Office is aware of rumors and social media innuendo concerning threats of violent activity that is supposed to occur at the High School. There are no substantiated threats at this time. The rumors have been traced back to a student, and it appears that this was a joke. The Sheriff’s Office continues working with school authorities to investigating any rumors of threats, or other activities at the High School. The Sheriff’s Office has not found any activities today or yesterday October 23, 2017 that appear to be criminal at this time. The Davie County School System will be addressing these matters as a student issue.
The Sheriff’s Office will have no further comment on matters related to internal school system policies or student discipline."
School administrators met with students Tuesday to address the issue.
"Symbols of hatred and violence have no place in our schools and we will continue to work diligently to address such divisive issues when they arise. We take such incidents seriously and are making this a teachable moment. The school administrative team is meeting with the student body today to reiterate our expectations of keeping Davie County High School a safe and welcoming school. Our high school is a reflection of every corner of our community. We must instill in our students a respect for the diversity in our community and in our school. We ask adults in our community, community leaders, and our friends in local churches to model and partner with us to teach our students responsibility, respect for others, and peace in the midst of a world and a national stage that seems to divide us."- Davie County Schools
A student posted a photo of the noose on social media and shared it with WFMY News 2. We contacted the school and they provided the statement below.
Monday, Davie County Schools released the following statement about the incident:
A picture of a hate symbol in a restroom at Davie County High School is circulating on social media. The school administration was made aware of this picture earlier today and are working with law enforcement to investigate. The principal addressed the student body about this matter this afternoon. Symbols of hatred and violence have no place in our schools and we will continue to work diligently to find and address the source. Anyone with information that would lead us to the source of this hate symbol should contact the principal immediately.
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