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Officials at Wakefield High School in Raleigh, North Carolina said a Black teddy bear was found hanging from a noose on school property. According to reports, some students are upset over the school’s new principal, who, of course, is Black.

According to The Associated Press“Principal Malik Bazzell said the doll was hung overnight Monday or Tuesday morning from the school’s roof. Before it was removed, many students and staff saw it and a photo was circulating on social media. Hung beside the doll was a sign saying ‘Make Wakefield Tripp again #smartlunch.’ Students and parents said the sign referred to former Principal Tripp Crayton, who is white. Bazzell, who is Black, replaced Crayton in 2015.”

Bazzell — who condemned the incident as “deeply offensive” and said that the school’s stadium and baseball field were also vandalized — said the school is working with Wake County Schools to investigate the event as well as will seek criminal charges, reports WTVD-TV.

SOURCE: U.S. News & World Report, WTVD-TV

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