Apparent noose found in bathroom of suburban Detroit school

Royal Oak Middle School (Courtesy WDIV)
Royal Oak Middle School (Courtesy WDIV)

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) — Something resembling a noose has been found hanging from a bathroom stall at the same Detroit-area school where a group of students shouted “build the wall” the day after Republican Donald Trump was elected president.

District Superintendent Shawn Lewis-Lakin says administrators at Royal Oak Middle School found the apparent noose Friday afternoon while investigating a commotion at a boys’ restroom.

Lewis-Lakin says the district and Royal Oak police are investigating the incident.

Video of the Nov. 9 chant in the school’s cafeteria was widely viewed on social media. The chant was an apparent reference to Trump’s call for a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It’s not clear whether students were targeting other students.

Reports of violence and threats toward ethnic minorities have increased since Trump was elected.