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Noose Found on Sidewalk Near Alameda High School

On Tuesday, a rope tied into a noose was found near the Alameda High School tennis courts. (Google Street View)

On Tuesday, students found a rope tied into a noose on the sidewalk outside of the tennis courts at Alameda High School and reported it to teachers, who reported to Alameda Unified School District officials.

The noose was evidently tied from rope taken from the privacy screens attached to the fence around the perimeter of the tennis courts.

Susan Davis, senior manager, community affairs for the school district, told Action Alameda News, “we have no evidence of who left the noose or why at this point.”

However, the find comes in the wake of reported anti-semetic incidents at Alameda High School, another sidewalk find involving a flyer with a swastika, and vandalism at Alameda’s Jewish temple.

Consequently, per Davis, “Alameda High School is providing both opportunities for counseling and safe ways for students to process the incident.”

The Southern Poverty Law Center explains that, “the noose not only symbolizes racism, but also served as the actual murder implement for the lynching of people because of the color of their skin.”

School district officials reported the finding to the Alameda Police Department, which is investigating the incident as a hate crime.

The school district issued a statement denouncing the apparent act of intimidation and symbolic violence, and asks students and members of the public to report any such incidents to the district and Alameda police.

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