Email: Royal Oak school administrators find noose in bathroom stall

- Royal Oak schools is dealing with their anther controversial problem after a noose is found hanging from a bathroom stall.

Shawn Lewis-Lakin, Superintendent of Royal Oak Schools, sent an email out to Royal Oak families and staff on Friday. The email said administrators found what appears to be a noose hanging from a bathroom stall in the boys' bathroom on the third floor of Royal oak Middle School.

The email was sent to FOX 2 by a parent of a Royal Oak student on Friday.

The school immediately began investigating the incident and contacted the Royal Oak Police Department, who is also investigating.

Lewis-Lakin said all relevant school policies and procedures are being followed and that the safety of students is "our number on priority". He also said the school is taking the incident very seriously and does not tolerate intimidation, threats, harassment or bullying. 

The reported noose comes just a little more than a week after an eight second clip of students chanting 'Build the wall' went viral. The video was shot inside the middle school's cafeteria the day after Donald Trump won the Presidential election.

School leaders took a hard stance and police were stationed outside the school the next day.

On Thursday, the ACLU sent a letter to the school claiming it has heard allegations that students have used racial slurs including the n-word and an allegation that a teacher directed an African-American student to demonstrate for the class "how slaves danced for their masters."

"There was an incident, it is not as characterized in that allegation," said Shawn Lewis-Lakin, Royal Oak School superintendent. "I am not going into the specifics of those allegations. I had a conversation today with the person who sent that letter to us and I addressed their concerns. And I believe the ACLU will speak positively of that conversation with you."

An ACLU spokesperson told FOX 2 through text message that it is working closely with the district, parents and experts to "change the climate" at Royal Oak Middle School.

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