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February 20, 2019

Three Long Island teachers placed on paid administrative leave for noose poster

February 13, 2019
The photo was part of a larger collage in the middle school. (Pastor Arthur Mackey, Jr.)

Three teachers at a middle school in Long Island were placed on paid administrative leave after an image of two nooses identified as “back to school necklaces” were seen in a classroom, an official confirmed to the Daily News Tuesday.

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Alfred T. Taylor, Board of Education President at the Roosevelt Union Free School District, declined to provide any more details, including the names of the teachers or their involvement in the poster.

The school district is continuing to investigate the incident.

“The Board of Education has zero tolerance for the display of racially offensive images,” its website read.

The school district initially said that the Board of Education took “appropriate action,” but did not say specify what was done.

The photo was part of a larger collage in the middle school, where the 2017-18 student body was 55% Hispanic or Latino and 44.6% Black or African-American, according to the New York State Education Department.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Laura Gillen condemned the photo and called for the immediate removal of anyone involved.

“This imagery that was on display in a Roosevelt Middle School classroom is undoubtedly racist and should not be tolerated in our Town, or any other community,” Gillen said in a statement Sunday.

“A clear message needs to be sent that there is simply no place in our schools and in our society for this type of racist, hateful and insensitive imagery,” she continued.

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