STONE COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Stone County School Board members adjourned their first meeting with no mention of the alleged incident involving a student putting a noose around a fellow student's neck. Several parents left the meeting concerned that the disturbing incident wasn't brought up.
This was the first time the school board met since the NAACP held a press conference in Wiggins calling for a federal investigation into the alleged incident. It started after the mother of a Stone High School football player claimed her son's teammate put a noose around his neck and pulled it tight. The incident sparked outrage in the community and made national headlines.
At least a dozen parents were present at Monday night's meeting, but did not speak during the call for public comment, because they said they were unaware they needed to sign up prior to the meeting starting. The board went into executive session for nearly an hour with a student, his parent, and their attorney. Afterward, the meeting was adjourned and parents gathered outside to talk about the lack of transparency.
"We still have questions, nothing has been answered. We don't know what happened, what was said and we just want to know what's going to happen," said Carma Howze.
The alleged perpetrator in the incident has been removed from the football team and disciplined by the school, but he reportedly didn't act alone. One parent said her concern is that only one student has been punished so far.
"That one kid's parent shouldn't hold all the responsibility. Her kid, I guess he was the one who did it, that doesn't matter. If three or four were with him, three or four is responsible. So I was just wondering if the responsibility would be shared," said Dwana Haley.
The FBI is still looking into the incident. The NAACP has called it a hate crime.