Photo courtesy The People's Vanguard of Davis
DAVIS, CA - A community meeting is planned for Wednesday night after a school employee discovered a noose hanging from a football goalpost at Davis High School. School has been out at the high school for about a week.
"We are in a community that values acceptance , inclusion and understanding. This is an unfortunate incident and a reminder that we have to redouble our efforts in the community and in our classroom," said Davis Senior High School Principal Jacqui Moore.
Davis police are treating the discovery as a hate incident. The noose is an acknowledged symbol of a dark time in the history of the U.S. It was used to hang blacks during slavery.
"It's disrespectful," said Mitchell Navarro, a former Davis High School student. "I have plenty of friends that are of African-American descent and I don't think they would be very pleased with knowing that was there.
The noose was made with black rubber tubing. There was no note with it.
The noose was found just days before June 19, also known as the Juneteenth holiday. It's a day in history to celebrate the end of slavery. Police aren't sure if there's a connection. A detective has been assigned to the case.
"We have to consider all options from a police standpoint, we have to consider whether it's a threat to anybody or any group, Lt. Paul Doroshov.
"I've been to many different cities and Davis is one of the most welcoming and I am very surprised that someone would put it there," saidl Navarro.
"I can't help but to think this is individual is a broken spirit. He doesn't feel part of a community," said Moore.
The meeting for concerned residents and parents is scheduled in the Davis High School library Wednesday night at 7. The school is located at 315 West 14th Street.