Student charged with disorderly conduct for nooses found at Evanston school

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A Haven Middle School student was responsible for three nooses found on the school’s campus last month, Evanston police say.

Police said the student, who is not being named because he is a juvenile, has been charged with a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.

The Cook County state’s attorney’s office reviewed the evidence and declined to add a hate-crime charge “because the actions and motive of the involved juvenile did not meet the legal, statutory elements of a hate crime,” police said.

The nooses were found hanging from a tree in the school’s recess area on May 13. They were placed there after students at Haven had staged a sit-in to protest staffing changes.

Police said witness interviews, surveillance footage and cellphone videos led to the identification of the student responsible.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire & Chicago Sun-Times 2022. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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