Noose found on high school goal posts

June 21, 2012 at 10:16 AM

DAVIS, Calif., June 21 (UPI) -- Police in Davis, Calif., said they are investigating the discovery of a noose hanging from a high school football field goal post as a possible hate incident.

School officials discovered the noose Friday, though no evidence was found pointing to a specific target, police Lt. Paul Doroshov said Tuesday.

"We're taking it seriously," he said. "We're not discounting anything."

Local activist Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia said she has called for a community meeting about the incident, which she said could be inspired by racism, the Sacramento (Calif.) Bee reported Wednesday.

"A single noose -- it's a symbol of terror," she said. "We don't want to wake up to a symbol of hate in a place that belongs to the entire community."

Winfred B. Roberson Jr., superintendent of the Davis Joint Unified School District, said in a statement the incident stems from fear and ignorance.

"This isolated event does not distract us from the positive work and cultural responsiveness … in (the district) and the city of Davis," he said.

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