KALAMAZOO TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Allegations that a noose was left hanging at Kalamazoo-area high school has police and school officials investigating and asking for the public’s help.
The rope, which many believe to be a noose, was found hanging from the press box at Kalamazoo Central High School’s football field around 3:20 p.m. Thursday, according to a release from the Kalamazoo Township Police Department.
A picture of the scene was posted on Twitter and Facebook Thursday afternoon by Kalamazoo Central coach Carlton Brewster, a former NFL wide receiver.
When police arrived at the scene, the rope was moved and not in the shape of a noose, according to police at the scene.
The incident has particular resonance at the school with its significant population of black students and in light of recent alleged noose sightings in Lansing and NASCAR.
Brewster did not want to go on camera. His wife told News 8 he did not want to talk while the investigation was beginning.
Police and school officials also would not go on camera on Thursday but issued a joint statement saying police are reviewing video and witness statements and the incident is being investigated as a hate crime.
Police are asking for patience while they investigate. Anyone with information should call Kalamazoo Township police at 269.381.0391 or make an anonymous tip through Silent Observer at 269.343.2100.