Noose found at middle school in central Florida

By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 15, 2017 at 12:36 p.m.



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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Authorities say a rope that was tied in a noose was found hanging outside a middle school in Orlando, Florida.

News outlets report several students and staff members at Gotha Middle School saw the noose Wednesday morning before it was taken down.

Orange County Public Schools officials say police are investigating, and whoever is found responsible will be prosecuted. School officials say counselors were available to talk to any students and extra security was on hand. It wasn't immediately clear what the noose was hanging from, if it caused a disturbance or if any classes were canceled.

Nooses are often considered symbols of hate because of their association with lynching.

An Orange County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said they're reviewing the incident, but said it didn't appear to be a crime.

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