UV: Students Identified In Noose Incident
Published: February 14th, 2008
By: Jill Kraft

NEW BERLIN – Unadilla Valley Superintendent Robert Mackey said Wednesday that more than one suspect has been identified as being responsible for hanging a noose inside the school building last week.

The noose, which was hung on the door knob of the Liberty Partnership Program counselor’s room on Feb. 6 while school was in session, was targeted at the only African American teacher within the building. Mackey said the students, who reportedly have not returned to school since being identified, are going to be disciplined. He said further information was not available until parents of the district were notified.

State Police in Norwich are also conducting an investigation into the incident. State Police Investigator Jason Bessett said he expects the external probe to wrap up as early as Friday and more details will then become available.

Mackey said the school is taking a proactive and “offensive” approach to educate students, staff and faculty to prevent future incidents.

Counselor Mark Montgomery, whose room the noose was hung in front of, has been with the district for 1 1/2 years and has lived in nearby Clayville for the past 12. Montgomery said the district has shown its loyalty and support throughout the incident.

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