School fights back against racist incident involving Black doll found hanging in a noose in the quad

November 17, 2022 — by Kathy Wang
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The school’s security cameras show two persons of interest involved in the incident.
The school is working with local law enforcement to investigate the incident and move the community forward. 

Teachers, students, and parents expressed outrage after a black doll was discovered hanging by a noose from a tree in the main quad on the morning of Sunday, Nov. 13, by a group of band students. Similar incidents have occurred recently at Redwood Middle and Prospect High School.

“This is a horrible display of racism and hate that is condemned by our school,” principal Greg Louie said. “It is a direct violation of our values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.”

Based on security camera footage, the district believes that the incident occurred around 9:15 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11, according to an email sent by superintendent Bill Sanderson. The school is working to try to identify suspects and is using security camera footage.

In the email, Sanderson emphasized that the “horrific incident” is not representative of the students in the school and district. Currently, assistant principal Brian Thompson is working with the Sheriff’s Department to identify and apprehend the individuals. Various classes, including Media Arts, have created anti-hate posters and hung them in hallways and classrooms.

This event preceded the school’s anti-bullying week that began on Nov. 14. Louie said that prevention of these types of incidents is difficult as the campus is open to the community following school hours. However, the administration says it will continue to stay vigilant against hate and racism, and promote the school values of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

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