A noose was recently found hanging outside North Carolina’s Union Pines High School located in Cameron. Officials have now come forward to state that they have concluded that the noose being hung from a tree was not a racially motivated act.
A Moore County Schools spokesperson explained that the noose could not been seen while school was in session. School officials were not made aware of the presence of the noose until photos began circulating on social media sites. As soon as officials became aware of the noose they returned to the school and immediately removed it, reports CBS News.
School officials at the North Carolina high school held a press conference Monday afternoon. A spokesperson for the school system said a student has come forward and taken responsibility for hanging the noose on school grounds. They stressed that the noose was not related to racism, but was instead related to suicide.
The student, whose identity is not being revealed because of his age, told officials that he made the noose out of twine he found in the school’s parking lot. After making the noose he hung it from a tree 8 feet off the ground. Reportedly the idea of making and hanging the noose came about when the teen and friends were discussing teen suicide, reports ABC 13.
After speaking with the student, officials said the decision was made not to file charges. School officials told students that both teachers and counselors would be available to students who wanted to talk about the situation. A letter was sent home with students explaining the situation to parents.
After hearing about the incident many parents spoke with North Carolina’s ABC 11. Most of the parents stated that they were happy that school officials were taking the incident seriously. Several parents have said they plan to talk to their children about suicide and how to prevent suicide.
Seth Powers, a spokesperson for North Carolina’s Moore County Schools said that teen suicide is a genuine issue and one that parents should be aware that there is an increase in. He went on to say it is vital that parents talk openly to their children about suicide, reports WRAL.
Powers said that having a serious discussion about suicide and mental health are crucial especially since Netflix has released the series “13 Reasons Why.” Powers added that awareness about suicide plus support services have been on the rise at the North Carolina school system as teachers and counselors talk to children about what they are seeing on “13 Reasons Why.”
By Tammy Marie Rose
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