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Wis. school suspends boy over noose, KKK symbol

Published On: Dec 28 2012 09:02:24 PM CST

BALDWIN, Wis. -

A high school in western Wisconsin has suspended a ninth-grade boy for giving a small noose and "KKK symbol" to a black classmate.

Baldwin-Woodville High School Principal Eric Russell says he suspended the boy Dec. 14 after he confessed to placing the offensive items on the classmate's desk.

Russell said Friday the little macrame noose and "some kind of KKK symbol" were made in art class. The principal says the boy said he did it as a joke.

The girl's foster mother says she is 15 years old and one of only three black students in the 450-student school.

The Star Tribune reports the boy's suspension will begin when students return to school next week. The principal declined to say how long the suspension will last.

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