Three NY teachers on leave after displaying noose images in the classroom

The classroom display created by three Long Island middle school teacher.

Photo: Authur L. Mackey, Jr. via NBC News

NBC News — Three teachers at a Long Island middle school are on paid administrative leave for displaying a collage in the classroom that included an image of two nooses labeled “back to school necklaces.”

According to data from New York State Education Department, during the 2017-2018 school year, Roosevelt Middle School’s student body was 46.6 percent Black, 55 percent Hispanic or Latino, and 0.4 percent multiracial. All three teachers involved were white, and the school claims to have taken “appropriate action” against the teachers for using “racially offensive images.”

The tricky part is that half of the community is outraged, and the other half sees the incident as a misunderstood joke. What do you think?

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