STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - "I don't think that should have happened. This is 2016."
That was the reaction of Jerry Sanders when he first learned about the alleged noose incident at Stone County High School. He attended the high school more than 30 years ago, and was shocked to hear about the allegations.
"I finished school in '82 and nothing ever happened like that. And today, if something happened like that, it's surprising really. It is," Sanders said.
"Well, I'm not really surprised with everything that's been going on, but I never thought it would be here in Stone County," said Vakeshea Thomas. "If it was my child, I think I would have been at the school. We would have had a problem. It's very serious and I think something should be done about it."
You would expect news to travel quickly in a small town like Wiggins. However, we were surprised to find the vast majority of the people we talked with on Monday had not even heard about this incident until it was first reported by WLOX News Now.
"I think it should be handled accordingly. But with a serious incident like that, it should really be taken care of the right way," said Laveshea Thomas.
She has a ninth grade son at Stone County High. And while she's not certain what punishment might be appropriate, she said one thing is clear.
"I think it needs to really be looked into and taken care of, because that's not something you do to people. I mean, you treat people the way you want to be treated," she said.