Summerwind noose

Shantae Jackson (left) and Breyson Clemmons hold a picture of four Summerwind Elementary School teachers depicted with a noose Thursday afternoon at the school.

PALMDALE — The image of three Summerwind Elementary School teachers smiling and pointing at a noose held up by a fourth smiling teacher sparked outrage by the school’s parents and community activists who called for the quartet to be fired along with Principal Linda Brandts.

Though the circumstances surrounding the photo are not clear, parents and community members seem to think it was racially motivated.

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Someone posted in another paper's comment section that the circumstances were a bachelorette party for a lady marrying a man named Lynch. They were calling themselves the "Lynch mob". Play on words. This is ridiculous. The school district has handled this very poorly, allowing race baiters to foment racism that isn't there and scare and scar the children. This should have been nipped in the bud from the get go. And why isn't the media trying to get both sides of the story?


There are a lot of maybes in this story. Maybe they found this on the playground and picked it up and they’re saying what the heck. Maybe some child brought it as a cowboy Lasso. The parents have spoken how wonderful these teachers are without a harmful bone in their body. I think they are the ones to be believed


Typical snowflake reaction. The hangman's noose certainly isn't representative of racism unless you want it to be. People have been hanged since rope was invented and it has always been a form of execution. Not to mention the number of people who hang themselves and aren't Black. So the local Black population are offended because they WANT to be offended. Victim mentality. I'd like to know the context of the photo. Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?


You do realize that white Americans have been hanged by the noose right? I don’t see a bunch of whites crying because somebody showed a noose and laughed.
Get over yourselves


Has there been a comment from Southern Kern USD, the school district that Brandts is a current board member of?


Fake News!

Don't print story one-sided that may hurt people's lives. I'm Disgusted that AV Press would print such a planted radical politically motivated story to spread fake hate. All this does is make Antelope Valley look like a bunch of backwoods people too outside investment to create local jobs. Think before you print!


No context for the picture. No cites motivation for the teachers. No quotes from the people in the picture. What is this article about? If I didn’t know any better, I would say this article belongs on the onion. So the position is, “It’s always racist for white people to take a picture with a piece of rope. No matter the context, reason or intent.” And because you have several parents who are willing to be outraged at anything you run with this story absent representation of the other side altogether. And I’m sorry, did you say the bishop grew up on a plantation? Are you insinuating the man was enslaved earlier in his life? What was meant by that? Finally, to cap off the article, you finish quoting someone saying that lynchings still happen today. Uh, where? When? Any evidence of these secret lynchings, or is that an allusion to the debunked Smollett case? You’re really running with quotes of people who are so misinformed or biased that they believe Smollett was legitimately harassed. This is a lazy and shameful piece.


I myself would like to know what the picture is about also. Looks to me like he could have been I am inside joke having nothing to do with a specific race or death

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