Derrick Johnson, left, president of the Mississippi NAACP, talks to the media on behalf of Stacey Payton, center right, and Hollis Payton, right, the parents of a high school student, in front of the Stone County Courthouse in Wiggins, Miss., on Oct. 24, 2016. Johnson is demanding a federal investigation after the parents said four white students put a noose around their son's neck at school.
The NAACP is calling for a federal investigation following an alleged noose attack at Stone County High School in Wiggins, Mississippi.
A black high school student said he was attacked by multiple students before football practice on Oct. 13. The white students reportedly placed a noose around the black student’s neck and “yanked backward,” according to ESPN.com. John Feaster, the football coach at Stone County, told ESPN.com that only one individual was involved in the incident – not a group – and that player is no longer with the team.
However, Derrick Johnson, president of the Mississippi chapter of the NAACP, said the victim's parents have not been told of any disciplinary action taken against the students responsible.
The principal at Stone County and representatives from the school district declined to comment, but Feaster told ESPN that it’s “sad” there are still things like this happening in 2016.
“”Trust me. I understand. I’m an African-American male, and I was born and raised in Mississippi,” Feaster said. “It’s sad that something like this happens in 2016. I just pray we can get it together.”