Image Of Nooses At Long Island Middle School Sparks Outrage

February 11, 2019 - 12:53 pm

ROOSEVELT, N.Y. (WCBS 880) – Parents are outraged about a photo collage in a classroom at a Long Island school that contains an image of two nooses.

A photo of a collage inside Roosevelt Middle School includes pictures of students and teachers – but it also has a picture of two nooses with the caption “back to school necklaces.”

Pastor Arthur Mackey Jr. of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church says the image of the nooses was brought to his attention anonymously, and he calls it unacceptable.

“Of course I call on our school board – we have a great school board – I call on them to fire anyone that’s involved in it,” Mackey Jr. told WCBS 880.

Meanwhile, Town of Hempstead supervisor Laura Gillen also commented on the photos, calling it “beyond disturbing.”

“They thought it was funny and they thought it was jokes and they thought it was appropriate to put it in a middle school— it’s beyond my comprehension,” Gillen told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall.

She’s calling for the person responsible for the collage to be fired immediately.

“It demonstrates a terrible lack of judgement. We don’t want to make light of issues such as suicide, it’s an epidemic effecting young people,” she said.

The Roosevelt Union Free School District said in a statement that it’s aware of the inappropriate conduct at Roosevelt Middle School and that the district has a zero-tolerance policy for the display of racially offensive images.

The superintendent could not be reached for comments, but the district has said appropriate action was taken. It’s unclear exactly what that action was.

Roosevelt nooses statement