NOBLESVILLE, Ind. — As students at Noblesville High School return as scheduled, they will be learning about race and diversity after racist and threatening writings were found on a bathroom stall Friday.
Marnie Cooke, the director of marketing and communications for the district, said the threat involved "ugly, derogatory racial statements and referenced a school shooting this coming Monday."
According to Noblesville police, the threats were brought to police attention around 11 a.m. Friday.
A student suspect has been taken into custody. The student was removed from the school and they have begun expulsion proceedings against him.
Noblesville Mayor John Ditslear released a statement about the incident. He said, in part:
"I implore us all to be strong in our collective message that racism, or marginalizing anyone based upon their gender, religion, ethnicity, national origin, disability, age, family status, or sexual orientation will not be tolerated here. The Noblesville community is above that and we must stand together. Racism, hatred and this threat of violence will not be tolerated.
Noblesville is our home. It is home to more than 65,000 residents. We have different backgrounds, different languages, different religious beliefs and different skin colors. Our differences do not divide us, but make our community stronger and richer. We all call Noblesville home. We all want the best for our children and to live in a safe, nurturing environment.
As the district holds its own discussions with students, it is important for every family in Noblesville to have their own conversations with their children about diversity and inclusion. This conversation will continue so we can make real, meaningful change and ensure this type of incident never happens again."
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