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School officials investigating noose incident at Westminster Christian Academy

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Westminster Christian Academy officials are responding to reports of an incident involving two middle school aged students and a noose. 

Head of School, Scott Davis, and schools spokesperson Michelle Nezat both confirmed the incident occurred Friday, January 26, 2018, during school hours. When KATC spoke with Nezat, she said that the incident involved a shoestring and that school discipline procedures were being followed.

In an email statement Monday, which KATC obtained from a parent, Davis described the incident as that of "a middle school student displaying a shoestring tied to resemble a noose to another middle school student." The emailed statement goes on to say that a staff member stepped in, and took the student displaying the noose to the Dean's Office. 

A similar incident occurred just last year where several students were arrested for hanging a noose on school grounds. Charges of intent to intimidate were pursued against three students only one of which was named. All three were expelled from the school after an investigation. According to the St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office, there is no criminal investigation int his case. 

Friday's incident is currently being investigated by school officials, according to Davis' email. 

"Nevertheless, it is offensive and we take it seriously. Regardless of what you may have read on Facebook or heard from students, etc., we have handled this matter with seriousness. We care about the physical and mental well-being of all of our students and will not allow actions like this to proceed without appropriate consequences. While I cannot speak about specifics with this student, please know we take all actions of this type with grave seriousness and act accordingly."

School officials request that parents speak to their children about incidents like this saying, "words that attack and offend as well as symbols that are dangerous, offensive, and hurtful are out of bounds. We do not want to ignore it but to face it together and get better." 

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