Noose Put on Black Student’s Neck in Mississippi

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Derrick Johnson, left, president of the Mississippi NAACP, talks to the media on behalf of Stacey Payton, center right, and Hollis Payton, right, the parents of a high school student, in front of the Stone County Courthouse in Wiggins, Miss., Monday, Oct. 24, 2016. Johnson is demanding a federal investigation after the parents said four white students put a noose around their son’s neck at school. (AP Photo/Max Becherer)

The Mississippi NAACP president is calling for a federal hate-crimes investigation after the parents of a black high school student say some white students put a noose around their son’s neck at school.

President Derrick Johnson says the incident happened Oct. 13 near a locker room at Stone County High School. He says four white students were involved. He would not say whether noose left any marks on the student.

Hollis and Stacey Payton, parents of the alleged victim, attended a news conference Monday in Wiggins with Johnson, but they did not speak. Their son, a sophomore football player, was not with them and they did not release his name.

The NAACP said the incident happened during a break in football practice.  Inita Owen, the superintendent of education for Stone County schools, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Johnson says the white students put the noose around the neck of a black student and “yanked backward.”

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