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Royal Oak middle school student admits to leaving noose in boys bathroom

A Royal Oak middle schooler who admits to placing a noose is a school bathroom will not be in class Monday.

Royal Oak’s school superintendent released a statement Sunday saying the unidentified student admitted to placing a noose inside the middle school bathroom on Friday.

Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin says the district “will not tolerate intimidation, threats, harassment or bullying.” 

Before last Friday’s incident, the district was already dealing with the fallout for a video showing Royal Oak students chanting “Build the wall!” after Donald Trump’s Election Day victory.

The superintendent plans to meet with middle schoolers Monday to reiterate the school’s strict policies on intimidation.

Lewis-Lakin says the meetings will remind “students that inappropriate words or actions will be taken seriously and carry serious consequences.”

The district plans on having additional counselors and social workers at the middle school this week.  An additional safety officer is also being assigned to the school. 

Royal Oak police assisted the school district in investigating Friday’s incident.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Radio since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.