Sacto 9-1-1
June 19, 2012
Davis superintendent calls hangman's noose isolated incident

A Davis school leader said the appearance of a hangman's noose on a high school goal post is an isolated incident.

"Hate and intolerance stem from fear and ignorance," said Winfred B. Roberson, Jr., superintendent of the Davis Joint Unified School District. "This isolated event does not distract us from the positive work and cultural responsiveness that has taken place in DJUSD and the City of Davis."

At the same time, a Davis community activist is calling for a public meeting in the wake of the noose being found hanging from the goal post at Davis High School.

Dr. Jann Murray-Garcia said the noose was found Friday morning. Calls to reach police officials were not immediately returned today.

The People's Vanguard of Davis website reports that a police investigation is underway.

Murray-Garcia said the noose is chilling. She is not sure if the hanging of the noose was a prank or denotes a deep level of commitment to racism.

"It would be up to the police to know if it is an isolated incident," she said.

Murray-Garcia said it is important to have a community reaction, because "silence is consent and the next time it won't be so benign."

She is planning a community meeting for 7 p.m. Wednesday. A location for the meeting has not been set.

"This is an intentional act done under the cover of night," she said. "It was meant to have an impact - to send a message."

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