October 5th, 2016

On Monday I posted about death threats made to another high school student who took a knee. Yesterday, the principal of the school where the threat was made held an assembly.

Heather Bellow, reporting in Monument Mountain High School to hold assembly over lynching threat; FBI involved for The Edge, writes:

In the wake of a violent threat made to an African-American student last week at Monument Mountain Regional High School, school and Berkshire Hills Regional School District officials will tackle the matter in an all-school assembly in the gymnasium tomorrow, Tuesday [yesterday, JH].

Meanwhile, agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation were at the school last Friday after being somehow made aware of the incident in which the student reported he was threatened by another student with a “lynching in the woods,” a hanging and a beating. But FBI Boston division spokesperson Kristen Setera said she couldn’t confirm or deny that an investigation is in progress.

The FBI’s involvement would come under the realm of civil rights or hate crimes violations.

Monument Principal Marianne Young said that, at the assembly, school officials would deal with the incident in a general way. “We’re going to talk about what the school has experienced, and about how to address our own shortcomings and remain committed to one another,” she said.

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