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Racism or an honest mistake?

By Fred Childers – bio|email


SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) –  Is this a symbol of hate, or just a misunderstanding?

"And it looks like a noose," said Ebony Ross, a junior at C.E. Byrd High School who snapped a picture of it.

She says she was so offended that she cried when she saw it.

"I was shocked, and I was ... why would this happen and it's black history month," said Ross.

But it's the schools position, that while the placement of this rope appears suspect, and even unfortunate, it is not a hangman's noose, and there's no hate crime.

Head of Caddo school security, Roy Murry says "The drama club was using the rope to secure lights to the balcony."

Ebony says the principal had it removed, but blew off her concerns it might have been a noose and, with it, a symbolic threat against blacks in the school.

When asked if the principal didn't see what she saw because he's white, Ross said yes.

But Superintendent, Gerald Dawkins, who is black, hasn't provided the Ross family any satisfaction, says Ebony and her mom.

"I'm not surprised, but I am surprised a black superintendent not understanding where I come from and just not doing anything about it as quickly," said Ross.

Murry tells News 12 that Dawkins, who asked him to look into the mater did try to call the Ross' on Friday night, but he did not get an answer.

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