Four students identified in high school noose incident

(WTVD photo)

RALEIGH - Four Wakefield High School students have been identified in connection with a black teddy bear found hanging by a noose from the building next to a sign that read "Make Wakefield TRIPP again #smartlunch."

The Wake County Public School System confirmed to ABC11 on Wednesday that the four had been identified and the school resource officer is investigating to determine any criminal charges.

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On Tuesday, students told ABC11 the sign was in reference to bringing back their former white principal who was replaced in 2015 and an hour-long lunch break that was done away with. It was quickly removed, but many staff and students saw it, and a photo quickly spread on social media.

The school's principal, Malik Bazzell, said the school's stadium and baseball field were also vandalized.

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